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Hong Kong Banking System

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The H. Kong banking and financial services is regulated by the H. Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). One of the responsibilities of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority is to ensure that the currency of H. Kong is stable against the other world currencies. It is currently pegged to the US dollar.

There are three categories of banks in H. Kong namely the License Banks, Deposit Taking Companies and Restricted License Banks. However, what you have to know about the Hong Kong banking industry is that the license banks are the only ones that are allowed to operate current or saving accounts. Retail banks are task at providing selections of different accounts tiers and services. The savings accounts can be in H. Kong dollars, US dollars or renminbi. Most of the banks in H. Kong allow their customers to link debit card, credit card, cheque, and savings to a master account. What the customers do in most cases is to exchange the minimum deposit to the savings accounts in order to avoid bank serves charges.

When you want to open an account in Hong Kong, there are some retail banks that offer their customers opening forms which you can get easily by downloading from their websites. Different banks have different requirements and criteria when opening a bank account. However, to open a saving or current account in H. Kong banking sector, you require an identification card or passport, application form and you have to provide a proof of H. Kong address. One thing that you have to know is that it is not necessary that you are a resident of H. Kong to open a bank account.