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Business and Market Discussion / View from Australia

2021-07-23

Business and Market Discussion / View from Australia

2021-07-23
 The European Central Bank has left interest rates on hold at minus 0.5% and its €1.85tn emergency bond-buying programme unchanged in its first meeting since agreeing on a new monetary policy strategy earlier this month. The ECB set a new symmetric 2% inflation target as part of its first review of its strategy since 2003. But governing council members yesterday were divided on the implementation of the strategy with some saying its commitment to tolerate a moderate and transitory overshoot of its price growth target, increased the risk of inflation surging above its target.

Bloomberg News is reporting that the Cyberspace Administration of China is considering serious and unprecedented penalties against Didi Global after the ride-hailing giant went ahead with its IPO despite requests from the regulators for a delay. The CAC considered it a challenge to Beijing’s authority. Bloomberg is suggesting the fine could likely be bigger than the record US$2.8 billion that Alibaba paid earlier this year and other possible sanctions include suspension of certain operations, delisting or withdrawal of Didi’s US shares.

On Wall Street, US stocks have recovered all of Monday’s steep losses, as strong earnings results outweighed fears about the spread of the Delta variant. All three major indices are now less than 1% away from record highs. Hong Kong stocks snapped a three-day losing streak which had wiped out all of the Hang Seng’s gains for the year.

On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by John Schofield of Tempus Investment and Patrick Bennett from CIBC World Markets. Also with us is Toby Lawson, CEO of Societe Generale India.

Money Talk

A fast moving and topical business and finance show bringing you breaking business and economic news and financial market updates. Presented by former CEO and investment bank global trading head Peter Lewis, with over 30 years' industry experience. Join Peter and his expert guests for analysis and discussion on the day's top business stories live every weekday morning 8 to 8:30 a.m. on RTHK Radio 3. We have a podcast to download after the show and you can also listen through the RTHK Radio 3 website live or later in the day. We welcome your questions, comments and feedback to read out in the show. You can email us at moneytalk@rthk.hk, post on our Facebook page "Money Talk on RTHK Radio 3 " or find us on twitter "MoneytalkRadio3") .
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