Interviews by Vanessa Lo
With a wealth of temptation to buy and splurge in a buoyant economy, there never seems to be enough money to spend. As income levels continue to rise, Hongkongers are planning ahead. While some are saving in anticipation of buying the latest gadget, others are looking at investment opportunities. Classified Post asked a few people what they would do if they received a 10 per cent pay raise.
'With a pay rise of 10 per cent, I would invest more into my own business. I'm optimistic that Hong Kong will still serve as an international financial centre over the next few decades. To maximise the future value of my extra money, clever investment is a must.' Quintina Leung, entrepreneur
'If I had 10 per cent more income, I would spoil myself with fine dining, nicer clothes and better quality cosmetics. I would also spend more on maintaining or improving my health. It would be nice to visit China more often for massages and explore more of my own country.' Cindy Yip, information technology
'I would invest it. I would also make contributions to Medicins Sans Frontieres, a humanitarian organisation. While it's important to plan for the future, there's also a responsibility towards others. We can spend a little less to help others much more.' Jen Woo, biology researcher
'In the first month I would get the latest PDA and then share this happiness with my loved ones by buying them something nice. Then, I would either put the money into an investment account, save it for retirement or further education or possibly invest it in a business.' Kenneth Yang, health/fitness marketing