Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang plays the 'God of Wealth' by handing out golden ingots to gold traders on the first trading day of the Year of the Pig. Traders at the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society in Sheung Wan are looking forward to a prosperous 12 months, with society president William Lee Tak-lun expecting gold prices to climb as high as US$730 an ounce from US$664.60 now as demand grows amid a weakening US dollar. The Hong Kong-based society has recently issued shares to its 172 members as part of reforms that are paving the way for a listing. The society is also setting up an electronic trading system, with the benefits including after-hours trading to match the opening hours of the London and US markets. It will also link the Hong Kong gold market to Shanghai's. More international products, including those in Japan and India, will also be offered with the inception of the 24-hour electronic trading platform.