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HKCEE Macroeconomics  Chapter 3: Banking and Financial Systems By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 1

Function & Types of Banks   Banks act as financial intermediaries that accept deposits and channel them into productive investment.

Types of banks    Central bank Commercial banks Merchant banks By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 2

Functions of a Central Bank 1.

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Issuing note Acting as the lender of last resort Acting as the government banker Acting as a clearing house Supervising private banking activities  Carrying out monetary policies via varying the discount rate By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 3

Central Bank Functions in HK   Lender of last resort  The Exchange Fund/HK Monetary Authority Note-issuing  The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd., the Standard Chartered Bank, the Bank of China, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

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Central Bank Functions in HK   Government bank    The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd. & the Bank of China The Treasury The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Bank of central clearance  The Hong Kong Interbank Clearing Ltd.

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Central Bank Functions in HK   Banking supervision  The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Execution of monetary policies   Since the abolition of the interest rate agreement among banks, monetary policies in HK are restricted.

The HK Monetary Authority could mainly aim at stabilizing the exchange rate & maintaining the linked exchange rate system.

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Services of Commercial Banks 1.

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 Taking deposits Demand deposits, savings deposits, time deposits & negotiable certificates of deposits  Granting loans Fixed loans and overdraft  Financing imports or export trade By issuing letters of credit (L/C) & discounting bills of exchange By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 7

Services of Commercial Banks 4.

Other services   Issuing gift cheques and cashier ’ s order or bank draft Providing credit cards & mortgage   Providing ATM machines services Sending remittance overseas  Dealing in foreign currencies, gold & shares  Offering insurance services By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 8

Services of Merchant Banks 1.

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Taking large-amount deposits from companies & investors Providing financial advisory service to companies Underwriting new shares after inviting public subscription Providing (retirement) fund management services Arranging syndicated loans By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 9

The Three-tier System of Deposit-taking Institutions 1.

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 Licensed banks (lb) Examples: the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd., and the Standard Chartered Bank  Restricted licensed banks (rlb) Example: the Citicorp International Ltd.

 Deposit-taking companies (dtc) The JCG Finance Company Ltd.

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The Three-tier System of Deposit-taking Institutions Min. paid-up capital Types of deposits Min. amount of deposits LB $150 million All types Time deposits & NCDs Any amount RLB $100 million $500 000 DTC $25 million Time deposits & NCDs $100 000 Maturity of deposit By Mr. LAU san-fat Any maturity Any maturity Min. 3 months CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 11

Financial Markets in HK   1.

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Major financial markets: The Money Market (short-term liquid assets) The Capital Market (shares & bonds) 3.

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The Foreign Exchange Market The Futures Market The Gold Market It is supervised by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong with the Securities and Futures Ordinance.

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Factors Turning HK into an International Financial Centre 1.

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Favourable geographical position Favourable time zone location Well-developed financial services Advanced telecommunications facilities Absence of exchange control Favourable government policies (laissez faire policy & low tax rates) Increasing economic links with the Mainland By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 13

Contributions of a Financial Centre to HK Economy 1.

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Speeding up economic growth Increasing economic links with the rest of the world Increasing employment opportunities By Mr. LAU san-fat CH3-Banking & Financial Systems 14

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