Hong Kong to raise trading stamp duty

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Hong Kong to raise trading stamp duty This undated photo shows an aerial view of downtown Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor. [Photo/Xinhua] HONG KONG -- Hong Kong will raise the trading stamp duty to 0.13 percent, a senior official of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said Wednesday.

"Having duly considered the impact on the securities market and our international competitiveness, we have decided to introduce a bill to raise the rate of Stamp Duty on Stock Transfers from the current 0.1 percent to 0.13 percent," financial secretary Paul Chan said when delivering the annual budget.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index closed down 914.40 points, or 2.99 percent, at 29,718.24 points on Wednesday. The index once slipped to 29,532.68 points.

Analysts said the market has witnessed considerable growth this year and chief of the Paris police bodyWednesday's retreat occurred on the rising U.S. treasury yield and the increase of stamp duty in Hong Kong.

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