Hong Kong Credit Market Growth Led by Credit Card Originations
TransUnion’s Q2 2023 Industry Insights Report highlights strong growth in Hong Kong credit activity. Credit card originations increased 45% YoY in Q2 2023; subprime consumer originations surged 391%. That said, new sub-prime card limits were 30% lower than the previous year. The total credit limit for newly originated cards grew 73% YoY, reflecting a market brimming with optimism — supported by positive GDP growth and low inflation and unemployment rates.
Revolving line originations grew 15% YoY in Q1 2023; virtual banks recorded 49% of all originations, making them the leading providers. Their popularity (especially among younger consumers) and digital convenience contributed to this market share.
Personal loan originations saw moderate 5.2% YoY growth — with virtual banks holding 9% of the market, a rise from the previous year. Traditional banks' share decreased, while money lenders' share grew.
The report underscores the substantial influence of virtual banks, a trend favouring digitization, and unprecedented growth in credit card originations, reflecting a confident local market.
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Credit Card Origination Volumes*
*Originations are viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.
Source: TransUnion Hong Kong consumer credit database
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“To stay competitive and capitalize on the growth in this market, lenders must offer a friction-right verification and onboarding process for customers who expect fast, pleasant and personalized experiences.”
Marie Claire Lim Moore, Asia-Pacific Regional President and Hong Kong CEO, TransUnion