The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, dubbed COVID-19, is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting millions of people globally. The contagious Coronavirus, which broke out at the close of 2019, has led to a medical emergency across the world, with the World Health Organization officially declaring the novel Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Fears surrounding the impact of COVID-19 have already significantly impacted the global economy, with most countries across the world registering declines in their economic growth for the year to date. Many economists and institutions have cut their forecasts as a number of countries officially slipped into recession in Q1 2020.
The Hong Kong economy was already exhausted before the outbreak of the pandemic. Weighed down by anti-government protests and the US-China trade war, the country fell into recession in 2019. The country’s economy shrunk by 1.2% in 2019 - the first contraction in 10 years. The battered economy will further plunge due to the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.
This report focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy and the retail banking industry in Hong Kong. Based on our proprietary datasets, the snap shot provides a detailed comparison between pre-COVID-19 forecasts and revised forecasts of total mortgage, consumer, credit card loan balances as well as deposit balances in terms of value and growth rates. It also offers information on measures taken by the government to combat coronavirus.
- The impact of the coronavirus has spread to all parts of Hong Kong’s economy. High social tensions arising due to anti-government protests, coupled with the timing of this outbreak, have dealt a heavy blow to the banking sector.
- Extended disruption to economic activities and a second wave of the disease would weaken banks’ asset quality and profitability. A sharp increase in the unemployment rate will also have a negative impact on banks’ credit card receivables and residential mortgages. However, conservative underwriting and supportive government measures, including stimuli that targets retail consumers and SMEs, will help cushion the economy and the banking sector.
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