Hong Kong Stocks at New Historic High — Zetland Financial Group Analyzes Why

Hong Kong Stocks at New Historic High — Zetland Financial Group Analyzes Why

Hong Kong (PRWEB) September 19, 2007

As Hong Kong stocks reach a new historic high, Zetland Financial Group Limited analyzes the reasons for this growth.

Following a very volatile last week in August, share prices on the Hong Kong stock exchange rebounded to a historic new high on 31 August when the Hang Seng Index briefly soared to 24,000 points during intra-day trade on that day. The turnover on that day was HK$ 113 billion (US$ 14.48 billion).

At the time of writing, the Hang Seng Index has since passed the 24,000 mark. The Hong Kong stock market has since experienced a re-rating for investors since the gloom of 2003 when SARS hit Hong Kong and unemployment went to new highs.

A number of factors have contributed to Hong Kong listed shares hitting new highs, and these may be attributed as follows:

1.    Global markets becoming more stable from the sub-prime problems as a result of central banks pumping liquidity into the banking sector.

2.    China’s high economic growth.

3.    China’s reform of its state owned enterprises by allowing the fittest companies to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

4.    China allowing private entrepreneurs to list their companies overseas.

5.    As Hong Kong investors are knowledgeable about Chinese companies, this influences the choice of listing here.

6.    Investors believing in the China economic growth story and the emergence of consumer spending power.

7.    Hong Kong is a free market, there is no capital gains tax for individual investors, no restrictions on movement of capital, and is a proxy for investing in China.

Another factor is the recent announcement by the Chinese Government that it will allow Chinese citizens to invest directly in Hong Kong shares. Under this measure, Chinese citizens who have opened an account with the Bank of China in Tianjin will be allowed to invest directly in Hong Kong shares. Chinese citizens will have the freedom to invest in some well known Chinese companies that are currently listed in Hong Kong but not yet listed in China such as China Mobile (the country’s largest mobile phone company), Petrochina (the leading Chinese oil company, in which Warren Buffett has an investment stake), etc. China’s citizens can also purchase shares in Chinese companies (H shares) which are relatively cheaper than the same A shares that are listed in Shanghai. The initial investment funds flow has been estimated to be between US$ 10 to US$ 50 billion as a result of this measure known as the “through train” programme.

If you or your clients are interested in opening share brokerages accounts to invest in HK shares, please speak contact intray(at)zetland.biz for details.

About Zetland Financial Group Limited:

Established in 1987 and headquartered in Hong Kong with offices around the world, the Zetland Financial Group is a business consultancy offering personal service and professional advice with total confidentiality. From its base in Hong Kong, the company is in a position to provide clients with the efficiencies and sophisticated infrastructure of one of the most dynamic international cities that is also an integral part of the rapidly growing economy of China.


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