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Business & Market Discussions / View from Australia

2019-09-13

Business & Market Discussions / View from Australia

2019-09-13
The European Central Bank has announced its biggest package of monetary stimulus in three years. In Mario Draghi’s last meeting as President of the central bank, the ECB cut its deposit rate by 10bps to minus 50bps and restarted quantitative easing to boost eurozone growth. In a contentious move, the ECB said it will buy 20 billion euros of bonds a month from November, for as long as necessary to hit its 2% inflation target. President Trump responded by accusing the ECB of depreciating the euro and urging the Fed to respond next week.
Investors in London and Hong Kong and the board of the London Stock Exchange have given a cool response to the proposal by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing to merge with the London Stock Exchange Group. The board of the LSE described the offer from HKEX as “unsolicited, preliminary and highly conditional”. HKEx is reported to be open to sweetening its £32bn offer by considering a higher element of cash in the deal.
Donald Trump says he will think about an interim trade deal with China. The US administration is considering offering a limited trade agreement to Beijing to delay or roll back some US tariffs in exchange for commitments from China on intellectual property and buying US farm produce.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. Providing the view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.

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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