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Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced a large HK$120 billion fiscal stimulus package in his budget yesterday which will swell Hong Kong’s fiscal deficit to a record-breaking HK$139.1 billion next year. The highlight was a HK$10,000 cash handout to all adult permanent residents.
Other measures included reductions in salaries tax for individuals and profits tax for companies. Small and medium sized businesses will be able to apply for a new 3-year 100% loan guarantee scheme backed by the government of up to HK$2 million each at reduced interest rates. There was a boost for homebuyers. A new pilot fixed-rate mortgage loan scheme will be introduced.
But the measures come at a cost. The Financial Secretary warned that Hong Kong’s finances were on an unsustainable path and the city needs to find new sources of revenues and progressively reduce one-off relief measures or revise tax rates.
On today’s Money Talk, we analyse the Hong Kong budget with Enzio von Pfeil from St. James’s Place, Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital and Jeremy Choi at PwC Hong Kong.
27/02/2020 - Hong Kong 2020-21 Budget review
Enzio von Pfeil, Associate Partner & Private Wealth Adviser at St. James's Place hopes that Hong Kong will do more to promote its strength as an international financial centre and sees an urgent need to improve the standard of English.
Peter Churchouse, Founder and Managing Director at Portwood Capital says that the 2020-21 budget only takes into account the short term and he hopes that "fundamental, structural and competitive issues" will be addressed.
Jeremy Choi, PwC Hong Kong Tax Partner sees the recently unveiled Future Fund as a fruitful long-term measure that could boost local investments and create more jobs, as it has proven successful in Singapore.
President Trump has lauded the Phase 1 US-China trade deal as “one of the greatest trade deals ever made.” He tweeted that the deal was “also good for China and our long-term relationship. US$250 billion will be coming back to our country, and we are now in a great position for a Phase Two start. There has never been anything like this in U.S. history.”
Vice Premier Liu He said China has little interest in immediately starting talks on a phase two deal with the US. He said, “we might get nothing if we rush to a second job before the first one is properly done. I don’t think it's a wise choice to impatiently launch new stages of talks."
Microsoft has promised to remove "all of the carbon" from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975. Chief executive Satya Nadella said he wants to achieve the goal by 2050. And the company will become carbon negative by 2030, removing more carbon from the environment than it emits.
On today’s Money Talk we’re joined by Francis Lun of GEO Securities and Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital. On the phone from Sydney with the view from Australia is Toby Lawson at Societe Generale Australia.
17/01/2020 - 8:09am Business and Market Discussion
Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities highlights that despite its technological advancement, China still lacks behind in microchip technologies, something that still makes it over-reliant on the US.
Peter Churchouse, Founder of Portwood Capital says that in spite of the unrest in Hong Kong, residential housing transactions hit a 12-year high in 2019.
17/01/2020 - 8:24am View from Australia