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The evolution of the Hong Kong currency board during global exchange rate instability, 1967–1973

  • Schenk, Catherine R.

Hong Kong SAR is well known as one of the few economies to operate a form of currency board as the basis of its monetary system. This system arose out of colonial status and has been retained except for a period of floating from 1975-83 to the present day, with some amendments. This article explores the evolution of the Exchange Fund during a period of global exchange rate instability showing that the abandonment of the monetary anchor in 1975 was part of a series of innovations to the use of the Fund as the colonial government sought to manage the exchange rate risks posed by the collapse of the Bretton Woods system.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Financial History Review.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 02 (October)
Pages: 129-156

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Handle: RePEc:cup:fihrev:v:16:y:2009:i:02:p:129-156_99
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