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Barry is a weekly commentator on global financial and economic issues on RTHK radio in Hong Kong. Click on the links below to hear recent interviews.


Most Recent Show:

  • March 4, 2019. Barry says that he does not see a dramatically slowing US economy but a steady one with a slower pace of growth. Listen

Past Shows:


  • October 8, 2018. Discussion of the political impact of the contentious process of confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Listen

  • August 8, 2018. Discussion of Tesla possibly going private and Apple being drawn into the US-China trade war. Listen

  • April 4, 2018. Discussion of the tit for tat trade skirmishes between the Trump administration and China. Listen

  • March 22, 2018. Impressions of new Federal Reserve Board chairman Jerome Powell’s first press conference after the Fed raises short-term interest rates for the sixth time in two years. Listen

  •  March 14, 2018. Tillerson is fired, US inflation is relatively tame, and heightened fears of a trade war.  Listen

  • March 7, 2018. Cohn leaves White House, discussion of steel/aluminum tariffs and protectionism.Listen

  • November 20, 2017. Zimbabwe Transition Listen

  • March 23, 2016. Barry and Peter Lewis discuss U.S. monetary policy, U.S. economic data and global trends. Listen 

  • March 15, 2016. Barry, in Florida, talks to Peter about the presidential primaries and the rise of Donald Trump. Listen 

  • December 30, 2015. Look ahead to what might be in store in 2016 for the economy, interest rates, industry, and politics. Listen 

  • December 23, 2015. Discussion of GDP and the performance of the US economy during the peak retail season leading up to Christmas.Listen

  • November 16, 2015. Peter Lewis and Barry Wood discuss the results of the 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey. Listen

  • October 6, 2015Host Peter Lewis and Barry discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal announced in Atlanta and explore its implications for the region. Listen 

  • September 29, 2015Peter Lewis and Barry discuss Federal Reserve policy and the economic outlook for the United States. Listen 

  • May 4, 2015. Barry and program host Peter Lewis and Alex Wong discuss US economic growth, interest rates, the dollar, and the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha. Listen 

  • November 17, 2015Barry in Antalya assesses what he sees as the modest results of the G20 Summit. Listen 

  • November 16, 2015. Barry and Mike Weeks discuss the likely implications of the Putin Obama talk on Syria at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. Listen 

  • May 4, 2015Barry and program host Michael Weeks discuss the riots in Baltimore, US race relations, and the Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha. Listen 

  • February 16, 2015Barry and Mike Weeks discuss the logistics problem caused by a work slowdown and contract dispute at US west coast ports, which handle 68% of US container traffic. Listen 

  • February 9, 2015. Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss Ukraine and the last-ditch peace initiative launched by France and Germany. Listen 

  • February 2, 2015Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss President Obama’s budget proposal which includes measures to tax overseas profits of US companies. Listen 

  • January 26, 2015Barry and Mike Weeks discuss the Greek election results and it’s likely to impact on the € currency.Listen 

  • July 28, 2014Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss how Russia is responding to economic sanctions from its intervention in Ukraine by raising domestic interest rates. Listen 

  • July 21, 2014Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss American reaction to the shooting down of the Malaysian 777 airliner over eastern Ukraine. Listen 

  • April 7, 2014Barry and host Mike Weeks discuss Ukraine and economic sanctions against Russia. Listen 

  • January 6, 2014Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss the change at the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke’s valedictory speech at the American Economic Association. Listen 

  • March 18, 2013Barry and program host Andrew Wood discuss the weekend’s surprise eurozone bailout plan for Cyprus. Listen

  • January 21, 2013Host Bryan Curtis and Barry Wood discuss the outlook for the US and the global economy in the year ahead and look back at IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s meeting with reporters on Thursday. Listen 

  • January 3, 2013World financial markets have reacted with relief to the news that American politicians have managed to avoid falling off the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what happens next. (3.43) Listen

  • January 2, 2013. Host Bryan Curtis and Barry discuss the New Year’s Day developments in a proposed deal to avoid the fiscal cliff of severe spending cuts and tax increases.  Listen

  • August 29, 2012On Wall Street stocks ended the week on an optimistic note. Investors are keeping their fingers crossed in the hope that the central bank will step in with stimulus measures to fuel growth. Listen 

  • August 22, 2012New York banking regulators are looking into alleged sanctions evading activities of major foreign financial institutions. Despite denials, RTHK’s American economics correspondent, Barry Wood, believes Deutsche Bank is facing major US regulatory troubles. Listen 

  • August 13, 2012Andrew Wood asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more business and financial news. Listen 

  • April 10, 2012. Job creation in the United States had been running at over 200 thousand for the past few months. Mike Weeks asks RTHK’s US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, why it had suddenly slowed by almost half? Listen 

  • April 2, 2012Andrew Wood asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more on business and financial news. Listen 

  • March 26, 2012Lots of eurozone talks expected this week. Italy’s prime minister Mario Monti has warned that Spain could restart the European debt crisis if it doesn’t get its finances under control. Listen

  • March 19, 2012Things may be looking up for the US economy — some analysts are even talking about the famous “Goldilocks” scenario.  Listen 

  • March 12, 2012The eurozone nations in Brussels later today to discuss giving Greece’s second bailout final approval. . And our international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, believes approval of Greece’s new 130 billion euro bailout is now a mere formality.  Listen 

  • January 9, 2012Our Washington-based economic correspondent Barry Wood says it all seems pretty good on the jobs and economic front. Listen 

  • January 4, 2012Eurozone manufacturing improved slightly last month from November, sending shares in German and France soaring over 2 percent to a two-month high in their first session of 2012. Listen 

  • December 19, 2011Share prices are falling in early Asian trade this morning. Mike Weeks asks our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, why investors were surprised by the Fed taking no new action to stimulate the US economy.Listen 

  • December 12, 2011. Germany’s top central banker has cooled speculation that the European Central Bank will extend its role to contain the eurozone debt crisis, following Friday’s agreement to strengthen budget rules and press on with closer economic integration.  Listen 

  • December 5, 2011Friday’s US jobs data helped lift some of the gloom that’s surrounded the global economy and markets for the last few months as the eurozone crisis deepened. Mike Weeks speaks to our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, about the November employment report. Listen

  • November 28, 2011Mike Weeks asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington, about the euro currency problem. Listen 

  • November 21, 2011Our Washingon-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, says it appears as if the “super committee” will fail to reach a deal on budget cuts? Mike Weeks asks him for more. Listen

  • November 14, 2011There was something of a spat at the APEC summit between presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao. Listen 

  • November 7, 2011Mike Weeks asks our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood to look back on a week dominated by the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou. Listen 

  • October 31, 2011Mike Weeks asks RTHK’s economics correspondent, Barry Wood if Mr.Lambrinidis is right that European leaders do at last have the right medicine and a common will to stay the treatment.  Listen

  • October 24, 2011Despite Mr. Van Rompuy’s comments, an agreement still has to be reached on how to boost the Eurozone’s rescue fund and how much of Greece’s huge sovereign debt should be written off. Listen 

  • October 10, 2011Mike Weeks asked our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood, who is reporting live from Berlin and covering at the joint news conference hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Listen 

  • September 26, 2011Mike Weeks asked our US-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what he made of the report that European nations have developed a plan for dealing with a Greek default.  Listen 

  • September 19, 2011Our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks that the kind of measures being demanded of Greece are going to lead to an even greater contraction there, making it much more difficult for Athens to service its debt.  Listen 

  • September 12, 2011Well as concerns hit fever pitch over its euro zone membership, Greece has now taken some action, slapping a new tax on real estate to plug a hole in this year’s budget.  Listen 

  • September 5, 2011Asian stock markets are in for a rough ride this morning after US and European shares slumped on Friday following a woeful US employment report. Listen 

  • August 29, 2011US financial markets are expected to open as normal later today after Hurricane Irene blew past New York without inflicting too much damage and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Listen 

  • August 22, 2011Business and financial news now and Mike Weeks asked our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more.  Listen 

  • August 19, 2011Rising fears of another recession hammered American and European stock markets this morning.  Listen 

  • August 15, 2011. Mike Weeks asked our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood if Mr. Zoellick was right … that last week’s huge stock market sell-off was at least in part a lack of confidence in western governments to provide any sort of economic leadership. Listen