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Hong Kong’s Financing Role Highlighted by Ant IPO

By Fitch Wire   Fitch Ratings-Hong Kong-29 October 2020: Robust capital raising trends in Hong Kong so far this year and the imminent IPO of China’s Ant Group, an affiliate of Alibaba Group (A+/Stable), signal the territory’s continued standing as a major financial center, says Fitch Ratings. Hong Kong’s attractiveness to Chinese firms for raising international capital, as well as its sizeable external and fiscal buffers, will help to mitigate the credit impact of a recent erosion in perceptions of its governance standards and the economic shock from the coronavirus pandemic.   Total fundraising in Hong Kong this year continues...

Tax Committee Chair: "Citizens Demand Action and this Committee Will Be Their Voice"

By European Parliament   Parliament’s new committee on tax matters will become “the European hub for debate on tax issues”, promises Dutch S&D member Paul Tang, the committee’s newly elected chair.   What will Parliament's new committee on taxation – FISC – be focusing on?   We’re at a critical stage. Governments are now – rightly – spending billions to save lives and livelihoods. But the debts incurred will have to be repaid. After the last crisis, we made the double mistake of austerity and increased taxes on the middle class. Only the richest remained out of shot. This time...