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18 Apr 2019


Do you think there should be a market rate for ang bao?

I understand if relatives who are poor gave 2 dollar, it's the thought that count afterall.

However, if your very rich relatives also gave 2 dollar, what do you feel about it?

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Isaac Chan

13 Feb 2019

Business at NUS

Wow what an interesting question! I will try to frame my answer in the perspective of finance and economics.

I think a market rate for ang bao is not very feasible from the lens of economics. Prices of any product or service is both affected by demand and supply forces, based on how society values it. The Invisible Hand theory of economics, would state that the price of a product or service will fall into equilibrium, where both customers and suppliers of a product or service can agree on a stated price. The problem with setting market rates arbitrarily is that either demand or supply will exceed one another, and the market will be in disequilibrium.

This is precisely the scenario you laid out above, where the amount of money in the ang pow seems that it should be appropriated according to how wealthy the person giving out the ang pow is. Markets in disequilibrium aren’t a good sign, as external parties like governments need to step in and intervene. Thus, economists would say that the everyone is happiest when you simply let the market run on its own without setting market rates.

Hence, everyone will probably be happier if they can just decide how much ang pow they want to give!

Jay Liu

10 Feb 2019

Accounting and Finance at ACCA


Reunion gatherings during CNY is more important than the amount in the ang pao to me.

HC Tang

09 Feb 2019

Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society

I think there's two choice: Give or Don't give.

So if one choose to give, then it's fine to have market rate, just to know it's not given below current rate for reason of peer pressure, culture or other reasons:

CNY 2019 Ang Pow Market rate at:



At the end of the day , it's a famiy / personal choice to give more or less. Maybe take it easy and rather remember the original meaning and purpose of it so that its chill during CNY holday ? :)

Origin of Ang Pow:

"In China, during the Qin Dynasty(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Dynasty "Qin Dynasty"), the elderly would thread coins with a red string. The money was referred to as "money warding off evil spirits" (Chinese: 壓祟錢; pinyin: yāsuì qián) and was believed to protect the person of younger generation from sickness and death.[citation needed(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citatio... "Wikipedia:Citation needed")] The yasui qian was replaced by red envelopes when printing presses became more common and is now found written using the homophone for suì that means "old age" instead of "evil spirits" thus, "money warding off old age" (Chinese: 壓歲錢; pinyin: yāsuì qián). Red envelopes continue to be referred to by such names today. "

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_envelope

I will secretly think that they are stingy oops

Nicholes Wong

08 Feb 2019

Diploma in Business Management at Nanyang Polytechnic

I would feel abit sad but they are not obligated to give ang paos. Not like if they dont give ang pa...

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