HSBC, Citibank predict Hong Kong’s economy will contract by up to 5 per cent this year before recovering in 2021
- HSBC Private Banking expects GDP will contract 5 per cent this year, while Citibank has forecast a 4.6 per cent slump
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Fan also expects countries around the world to gradually relax travel restrictions, which would help to support retail and consumption activity in Hong Kong as tourists return to the city.
“The impact of the Hong Kong government’s largest ever economic stimulus policies are also expected to be felt in the coming 12 months,” said Fan.
Both banks also predicted that the global economy would contract for the year, followed by a larger rebound next year.
HSBC Private Banking predicted global GDP would contract 4.8 per cent in 2020, while growing by 5.8 per cent next year. US GDP was projected to drop 7 per cent before bouncing back 6 per cent in 2021, while China’s GDP growth would slow to 1.7 per cent and expand 7.5 per cent in 2021.
Citibank expects the global economy to decline a 3.5 per cent this year, followed by a 5.5 per cent climb in 2021.
“Investors should be aware that the economic rebound may be staggered at the beginning, as we are still facing the threat of a second wave of Covid-19,” said Wong Pak-ling, head of investment strategy and portfolio advisory at Citibank Hong Kong, during their investment outlook webinar for the second half.
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HSBC Private Banking said that it expects a U-shaped recovery after Covid-19, and expressed a preference for US, China and South Korean equity markets in the next six months.
“In the short term, we expect market concerns about the risk of a second wave of Covid-19 infections and the divergent paths to the reopening process in different countries will underpin an uneven and U-shaped economic recovery, which means market volatility and return dispersion will likely stay high,” said HSBC’s Fan.
“This reflects the tug of war between the liquidity-driven equity rally and the challenges in the economic reopening.”
“Amid lingering US-China tensions, the trend of Hong Kong listing of Chinese American depositary receipts (ADR) will likely accelerate to mitigate regulatory risk in the US market,” said Fan.