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The People’s Bank of China has cut the one-year loan prime rate by 10bps from 3.8% to 3.7%. It’s the second reduction in a month. In December, the PBOC cut the one-year loan prime rate for the first time since April 2020. The five-year loan prime rate was reduced by 5 basis points from 4.65% to 4.6%, in its first cut since April 2020.
Inflation in Hong Kong hit a five-month high in December, driven up by rising costs of meals out, takeaway food and electricity charges. Consumer prices rose 2.4% year-on-year in December, up from the 1.8% increase recorded the previous month. Netting out the effects of one-off government relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.4% in December, 0.2 percentage points higher than that in November and at a 19-month high.
The International Monetary Fund has warned that the balance of risks facing Hong Kong’s economy are tilted to the downside. The IMF forecast that economic growth in the SAR will decline from 6.4% in 2021 to 3% in 2022. In its annual report it said risks to the economy include ongoing uncertainty linked to the pandemic, which could impact the flow of people and further weigh on consumption, along with a slower than expected global recovery, and continued disruption of global supply chains. The report said a quicker reopening of borders could drive a stronger recovery in private consumption.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Kenny Wen of Everbright Securities International and Andrew Freris from UCAP HK Asset Management. With a view from India is Toby Lawson, CEO of Societe Generale India.
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21/01/2022 - 8.08 am Business and Market Discussion
Kenny Wen, Wealth Management Strategist at Everbright Securities International predicts that mainland China's economy will stabilise this year with GDP increasing 5.1%.
Andrew Freris, Chief Strategist at UCAP HK Asset Management has a negative view on the Hong Kong stock market for this quarter as the SAR's property sector is looking fragile and the effects of the government’s "zero-Covid" policy is hurting the economy.
21/01/2022 - 8:23am View from India
South Korea has become the latest country to raise interest rates to tackle inflation. In a move that was widely expected, the Bank of Korea on Thursday raised its policy rate for the second time in three months, by 25bps to 1%.
26/11/2021 - 8:08am Business and Market Discussion
Nate Taplin, Asia Editor, at the Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street thinks that the Hong Kong stock market is not affected by the SAR’s closed borders, but rather by the regulatory crackdown and reforms in mainland China.
Carlos Casanova, Senior Asia Economist at UBP notes that South Korea is one of the first economies to break out of the Covid19 slump, but he worries about surging home prices and inflation.
26/11/2021 - 8:24am View from India