With the European money crisis causing confusion in the world's financial capitals, no such thing was happening in Hong Kong.
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GV Hong Kong business district
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Sign; MONEY CHANGER
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Counting US dollars, marks and HK dollars
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Travellers exchanging money
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Background: With the European money crisis causing confusion in the world's financial capitals, no such thing was happening in Hong Kong. This is because the British colony is a free money area and therefore accustomed to fluctuating rates.
Banks and money-changers reported business as usual today (Monday), although some firms were refusing to sell the West German mark - apparently waiting for it to find its real value when it is floated on the European market today.
However, all dealers were eagerly buying the mark. The price was only a fraction above the rate before West Germany decided to float its hard-pressed currency.
While the banks and money-changers took the crisis in their stride, it was a different story for Hong Kong businessmen. Many transactions between Hong Kong and the Common Market countries have been halted until the financial situation becomes clearer.