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Govt to enhance securities trading

It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

iBond allocation announced

Subscription and allocation results for the eighth inflation-linked iBond were released today, with each valid application to be allocated up to three units.   A total of 709,198 valid applications were received for more than $53.9 billion in principal amount of bonds. The final issue amount is $20 billion.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the latest issuance of the iBond has been warmly received by the public, with both the volume of applications and the total application amount achieving record highs since the iBond's inaugural issuance in 2011.   He noted that the issuance of the iBond provided the public with a safe investment choice of steady return under the current low interest rate and uncertain investment environment.   It also further enhanced the investing public's interest in and awareness of bond investments, thereby promoting the development of the retail bond market in Hong Kong, he added.   The 55,381 applications for two units or less will be allocated the full amount.   The other 653,817 applications for more than two units will be allocated two units each, while 605,727 will be allocated one additional unit after a ballot.   The iBond will be issued on June 23 and listed on the Stock Exchange on June 24.  
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