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Business and Market Discussion / View from Australia

2020-08-07

Business and Market Discussion / View from Australia

2020-08-07
New applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 1.2m last week from 1.4m the previous week, the lowest level since the pandemic started to spread across the US in March. But more than 16m Americans continue to collect benefits, equivalent to 11% of the workforce.





The FT is reporting that Microsoft is now exploring whether to buy all of TikTok’s global business, including the video app’s operations in India and Europe as well as the original target of its operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. TikTok does not operate in China, and such a deal would not extend to its China-facing sister app Douyin.




Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Thursday that the lockdown across Victoria state will cut Australia’s GDP by 2.5% in this quarter. He also estimated the unemployment rate was likely to peak around 10%.




On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Kenny Wen from Everbright Sun Hung Kai. With a view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.
 

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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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