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Barry is a weekly economics commentator on RTHK radio in Hong Kong. Click on the links below to hear recent interviews.

Click here to listen to Barry’s discussion on April 11th with Samantha Butler of RTHK on the puzzling rise of the Japanese yen and its implications for global financial markets.

Money Talk Program

March 23, 2016
Barry and Peter Lewis discuss U.S. monetary policy, U.S. economic data and global trends. Click here for the podcast.

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

December 30, 2015
In this end of year discussion Peter Lewis and Barry look ahead to what might be store in 2016 for the economy, interest rates, industry and politics. Click here to listen.

December 23, 2015
Peter Lewis and Barry discuss gdp and the performance of the US economy during the peak retail season leading up to Christmas. Click here to listen.

November 16, 2015
Peter Lewis and Barry Wood discuss the results of the 2015 G20 Summit in Turkey Click here to listen.

October 6, 2015
Host Peter Lewis and Barry discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership deal announced in Atlanta and explore its implications for the region. Click here to listen.

September 29, 2015
Peter Lewis and Barry discuss Federal Reserve policy and the economic outlook for the United States. Click here to listen.

May 4, 2015
Barry and program hosts Peter Lewis and Alex Wong discuss US economic growth, interest rates, the dollar, and the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha. Click here to listen.

November 17, 2015
Barry in Antalya assesses what he sees as the modest results of the G20 Summit. Listen here for his conversation with Mike Weeks.

November 16, 2015
Barry And Mike Weeks discuss the likely implications of the Putin Obama talks on Syria at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. Click here to listen.

May 4, 2015
Barry and program host Michael Weeks discuss the riots in Baltimore, US race relations, and the Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha. Click here to listen.

February 16, 2015
Barry 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. Click here to listen.

February 9, 2015
Barry and program host Mike Weeks discuss Ukraine and the last ditch peace initiative launched by France and Germany, as well as US moves to provide weapons to Ukraine. Click here to listen.

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

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

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

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

April 7, 2014
Barry and host Mike Weeks discuss Ukraine and economic sanctions against Russia. Click here to listen.

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

March 18, 2013
Barry and program host Andrew Wood discuss the weekend’s surprise eurozone bailout plan for Cyprus. Click here to listen.

Money for Nothing Program

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

Fiscal Cliff

January 3, 2013
World financial markets have reacted with relief to the news that American politicians have managed to avoid falling off the ‘fiscal cliff.’ The deal agreed by Congress sees some tax rises for the rich, and delays massive spending cuts by two months. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what happens next. (3.43) Click here to listen.

Money for Nothing Program

January 2, 2013
Host Bryan Curtis and Barry discuss the New Year’s Day developments in a proposal deal to avoid the fiscal cliff of severe spending cuts and tax increases. (13:29) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

August 29, 2012
On 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. The Dow Industrial Average added 0.8%, the S&P 500 gained 0.7% and the Nasdaq rose 0.5% on Friday. But of course there’s always the shadow of the eurozone crisis hanging over our heads. Nick Beacroft asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what we can expect from Ben Benanke this week. (4.32) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

August 22, 2012
New 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. (5.39) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

August 13, 2012
Andrew Wood asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more business and financial news. (3.39) Click here to listen.

US Economy

April 10, 2012
Andrew Wood asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more business and financial news. (3.39) 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? (4.36 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

April 2, 2012
Andrew Wood asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more on business and financial news. Click here to listen.

Global Economy

March 26, 2012
Lots of euro zone talk expected this week. Italy’s prime minster Mario Monti has warned that Spain could restart the European debt crisis if it doesn’t get its finances under control. Andrew Wood speaks to RTHK’s US economics correspondent, Barry Wood in Washington to discuss all that. (4.16 mins) Click here to listen.

US Economy

March 19, 2012
Things may be looking up for the US economy — some analysts are even talking about the famous “goldilocks” scenario. Andrew Wood finds out whether this economic cheeriness is for real, or just another fairy story, he asks our economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for his view. (4.17 mins) Click here to listen.

Ministers to Discuss Greek Bailout

March 12, 2012
The 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. Mike Weeks asks him what would now stop other indebted EU nations, like Portugal and Spain from seeking a similar debt swap deal. (5.12 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

January 9, 2012
Our Washington-based economic correspondent Barry Wood says it all seems pretty good on the jobs and economic front. (4.36 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

January 4, 2012
Eurozone 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. Mike Weeks asked our Washingon-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what the healthy rise in European shares portended for the year ahead. (5.06 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

December 19, 2011
Share 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. (5.24 mins) Click here to listen.

Eurozone Debt Crisis

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. Mike Weeks asks our Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what he made of that comment. (4.32 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

December 5, 2011
Friday’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.(4.29 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

November 28, 2011
Mike Weeks asks our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington, about the euro currency problem. (5.05 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

November 21, 2011
Our 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. (3.56 mins) Click here to listen.

Apec Meeting

November 14, 2011
There was something of a spat at the APEC summit between presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao. Mr Obama told China’s leader that the US was becoming more and more frustrated at Beijing’s economic and trade policies. President Hu countered by saying that America’s problems were not caused by Beijing’s currency policy. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what had caught his ear at the APEC meeting in Hawaii. (5.31 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

November 7, 2011
Mike Weeks asks our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood to look back on a week dominated by the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou. (5.32 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

October 31, 2011
Mike 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. (5.01 mins) Click here to listen.

Eurozone Rescue Fund

October 24, 2011
Despite 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. Mike Weeks asks our economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Athens for more. (5.27 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

October 10, 2011
Mike 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. (5.16 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

October 3, 2011
The latest fall seems to have been triggered by Greece’s admission that it will miss its deficit reduction targets for this year and next due to the rapid contraction of its economy. That came after the government in Athens approved 6.6 billion euros of additional austerity measures, as inspectors from the IMF, EU and European central bank continue examining its books ahead of a decision on whether to approve the next tranche of bailout money. Mike Weeks asked Our Washington-based economics correspondent Barry Wood if the admission paves the way for the 50 percent default – or hair cut – talked about last week. (3.07 mins)

Global Economy

September 26, 2011
Mike 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. (5.20 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Economy

September 19, 2011
Our 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. (6.49 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Finance

September 12, 2011
Well 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. The move’s an effort to please international lenders and secure a key new loan tranche. Amid the growing global, G-7 leaders have also been meeting this weekend. Earlier I asked our Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what the leaders had been saying. (5 mins) Click here to listen.

World Finance

September 5, 2011
Asian stock markets are in for a rough ride this morning, after US and European shares slumped on Friday following a woeful US employment report. It showed that the US economy added no jobs last month, raising the stakes for President Obama who’s expected to outline plans on Thursday for getting Americans back to work. Mike Weeks asked our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more. (6.12 mins) Click here to listen.

World Finance

August 29, 2011
US 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. But millions of people on America’s East Coast are still without power and transportation disrupted, meaning trading volume is likely to remain light on Wall Street. Mike Weeks asked our Washington-based US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if things are likely to quickly get back to normal up and down the east coast? (4.34 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Finance

August 22, 2011
Business and financial news now, and Mike Weeks asked our American economics correspondent, Barry Wood from Washington for more. (4.13 mins) Click here to listen.

Wall Street Slammed by Recession Fears

August 19, 2011
Rising fears of another recession hammered American and European stock markets this morning. On Wall Street the S&P 500 was more than 4 percent down while the blue-chip Dow was off by more than 3 percent. In London the Footsie 100 plunged by 4-and-a-half per cent. Nick Beacroft asked our US economics correspondent, Barry Wood for more. (3.43 mins) Click here to listen.

Global Finance

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. (6.22 mins) Click here to listen.

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