Hong Kong

Hong Kong Special Loan Guarantee Scheme

On December 8, the Hong Kong government announced an expansion of the recently introduced Special Loan Guarantee Scheme to increase the maximum commitment to HKD$100 billion with a 70% loan guarantee. Upon effectiveness of the expansion, all firms except listed companies will be eligible to apply for guarantees of loans with a ceiling of HKD$6 million (formerly HKD$1 million).  Hong Kong Government Press Release.



Selected International Initiatives

On October 28, the Hong Kong government established a taskforce to help Hong Kong tackle the financial
On October 29, the Financial Services Commission of South Korea said it would ease capitalization rules for
local banks. Local banks will now be required to set aside assets to cover Won denominated debts maturing
within a month rather than three months in an effort to ease liquidity. FSC of Korea Press Release.
The Federal Reserve has recently entered into a number of temporary reciprocal current arrangements with the central banks of Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand to help improve liquidity
conditions in global financial markets and to mitigate the spread of difficulties in obtaining U.S. dollar funding.  October 29 Federal Reserve Press Release.  October 28 Federal Reserve Press Release.