Analysis by HSBC has revealed that global trade in services has outstripped growth in goods trade since the global financial crisis. The US, UK, China, Germany and France were the world's top exporters of services in 2015, but emerging economies will gradually gain market share as they continue to develop their workforce skills and digital infrastructure. Dan Howlett, HSBC Head of Corporate Banking UK, joined Share Radio to talk on the report.
Almost a year late, investors in Hong Kong can now buy stocks on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. HK has long been a traditional gateway to the rest of mainland China. This Hong Kong-Shenzhen Connect, is an important milestone in further opening up the Chinese market. Shenzhen is Asia's busiest exchange with a monthly turnover of more than a trillion dollars. To look into this further, Paul Lynch, of Itarle, which is active on exchanges in the region, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
China's foreign exchange reserves fell far more than expected in November to the lowest level in nearly six years, as authorities struggled to stem capital outflows and shore up a sliding currency. And yet China has just reported pretty upbeat trade figures, with exports and imports both beating forecasts. David Kuo, CEO of the Motley Fool in Singapore, joined Share Radio to discuss China trade data.
Peter Reeve, Executive Chairman of Aura Energy, a uranium development company with gold, soda ash and lithium exploration projects in Africa and Europe, discusses their dual AIM and Australia (ASX) listing.
The UK's creative industries are punching above their weight according to a report by Nesta. But a lack of government support means that crown could soon be lost. Only one country whose government does support its creative industries is South Korea, where government schemes have turned a small country into a pop culture titan. Robert Van Egghen looked into Korean culture's economic success.
One year on from Alibaba's share issue on the New York Stock exchange, the stock price is languishing 50% below its peak. Billy Bambrough's been finding out why by speaking with Mike van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets, and Russ Mould, Investment Director at AJ Bell.