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      YTD
  NY DJIA 22,371 13.20%
  NY NASDAQ 6,461 20.03%
  London FTSE 7,275 1.85%
  Tokyo Nikkei 20,299 6.20%
  Shanghai SSE 3,347 3.01%
  Frankfurt DAX 12,562 9.41%
  Paris CAC 40 5,237 7.72%
  Singapore SGX 3,220 11.80%
  Malaysia KLSE 1,774 8.04%
  Thailand SET 1,673 8.40%
 
    USD EUR
  GBP 0.74 0.89
  JPY 111.52 133.92
  EUR 0.83 -
  USD - 1.20
  CNY 6.57 7.89
  CAD 1.23 1.47
  AUD 1.25 1.50
  HKD 7.80 9.37
 
      YTD
  Gold $1,315.90 14.34%
  Brent Crude $55.36 0.73%
  Silver $17.36 5.60%
  Platinum $955.52 0.37%
  Natural Gas $3.13 -4.51%
  Wheat $444.50 9.48%
   
    Updated On 20-09-2017
 
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Hong Kong
Full Name : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Area : total: 1,104 sq km
Government type : limited democracy
Population : 7,055,071 (July 2009 est.)
Independence : special administrative region of China
GDP : $306.6 billion (2008 est.)
GDP by sector : agriculture: 0% - industry: 7.4% - services: 92.7% (2008 est.)
 
Background
Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.
 
Economy - Overview:
Hong Kong has a free market economy highly dependent on international trade and finance, which has left it heavily exposed to the global economic slowdown that began in 2008. The total value of goods and services trade, including the sizable share of reexports, was equivalent to 404% of GDP in 2007. The territory has become increasingly integrated with mainland China over the past few years through trade, tourism, and financial links. The mainland has long been Hong Kong's largest trading partner, accounting for nearly 49% of Hong Kong's exports trade by value in 2008. As a result of China's easing of travel restrictions, the number of mainland tourists to the territory has surged from 4.5 million in 2001 to 16.9 million in 2008, when they outnumbered visitors from all other countries combined. Hong Kong has also established itself as the premier stock market for Chinese firms seeking to list abroad. More than one-third of the firms listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are now mainland Chinese companies. They account for 60% of the Exchange's market capitalization. During the past decade, as Hong Kong's manufacturing industry moved to the mainland, its service industry has grown rapidly and now accounts for more than 90% of the territory's GDP. Hong Kong's natural resources are limited, and food and raw materials must be imported. GDP growth averaged a strong 5% from 1989 to 2007, but the global financial crisis caused a sharp slowdown in the second half of 2008, pushing the territory into recession. Hong Kong continues to link its currency closely to the US dollar, maintaining an arrangement established in 1983.
 
 
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Mar 2017
Confidence among European and global fund managers is increasing, with many seeing European equities as undervalued as the macro landscape improves.
Feb 2017
A 17-year bear market is over. The next two to three years could be the best time in decades to be invested in the UK stockmarket. Expect the FTSE 100 to smash through 8,000 - maybe even run on to 10,000.
Jan 2017
Financial advisers are expected to invest more in 'smoothed' multi-asset funds over the next two years as a response to market uncertainty.
Jan 2017
Chinese cities hold the top four spots in a global ranking measuring economic growth, wealth levels and size of working population.
 
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