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Fitch: Singapore, HK - Diverging Responses to Similar Challenges via @josephjett #bonds

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) HONG KONG/SINGAPORE, March 01 (Fitch) The Hong Kong and Singapore budgets released last week highlight some of the long-term economic challenges facing both cities. However, public finances should remain substantial credit strengths for both sovereigns over the foreseeable future despite some divergence in policy response, says Fitch Ratings. Both Hong Kong and Singapore have prospered in the era of globalisation. However, robust growth has been accompanied by a perception of widening inequality, leading to social and political pressures. Long-term challenges shared by both include rising income disparity, the need to strengthen the supply side to underpin growth, and aging populations. In response, Singapore is adopting a more explicitly redistributionist fiscal policy. The latest budget proposes to raise the top...

Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/02/idUSFit91556120...

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