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.
Every year, TIME editors select the individual or idea that has most influenced the news and the world. The winner this year is President-elect Donald Trump, who beat ten other finalists, including his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. He has described being named Time magazine's Person of the Year as a "great honour". Trump will be President of the United States in just over 6 weeks time, but what are his priorities for the US economy? Share Radio's James Brydges has been hearing from Dr Pippa Malmgren, former economic adviser to George W Bush.
Scott Maybury, CEO of Private & Commercial Finance Group, joined Share Radio to discuss their last interim results. The group's profit before tax is up 38% to £4.0 million compared to £2.9 million in 2015 for the 18 months ended 30 September 2016. The company has also been successful on its application to become a bank, making it one of the only listed companies to go through the deposit taking license application process successfully.
The European Commission has fined Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan Chase a total of 485 million euros ($520 million) for their alleged participation in a cartel to manipulate the price of the Euribor financial benchmark. The Commission said on Wednesday they were part of a seven-bank cartel that colluded between September 2005 and May 2008 to distort the Euribor interest rate which was set using quotes submitted by a panel of banks and is widely used in international money markets. Ben Kumar, Investment Manager at Seven Investment Management, joined Share Radio to discuss.
Tata Steel has made a commitment to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK, unions have said. It could bring an end to eight months of uncertainty for thousands of workers who faced losing their jobs when Tata's UK business was put up for sale. Community Union made the announcement following talks with Tata and other unions Unite and GMB on Wednesday. But workers still have to agree to it and will be balloted in the new year. Councillor Anthony Taylor, former worker at the Port Talbot steel plant, joined Share Radio to discuss the deal.
Vicky Brock, CEO of industry consultant Clear Returns, joined Share Radio to talk about UK retailers being asked to brace themselves for a surge of returned goods, as shoppers regret their Black Friday purchases.
MPs have voted to back the government's timetable to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and formally start the withdrawal from the European Union by the end of March 2017 by a majority of 461 votes to 89. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court appeal on whether the Government can start Brexit by means of the royal prerogative alone has reached its final day. To discuss this, Professor Ian Cram, Constitutional Law Expert from Leeds University, joined Share Radio.
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.
Russell Quirk, CEO of eMoov, joined Share Radio Breakfast to offer immediate reaction to Halifax's latest House Price Index. The findings reveal that confidence in the UK housing market has fallen to its lowest point in three years, yet the majority still expect house prices to go up. So, what to make of the numbers, and how relevant is the index? Russell explains.
Dan Hodges, Political commentator at the Mail on Sunday, joined Share Radio Breakfast to give his weekly politics round-up. Dan gives a timetable for Brexit, and looks at how the Supreme Court case will affect proceedings.