China’s Bank Stress Test and its Exposure to Environmental Risk

In just over two years, China has developed a policy framework for green finance that aims to shift capital from “brown” fossil fuel industries to “green” low-carbon technologies. We have also seen impressive growth in Chinese green bond issuance that has taken the world by surprise. On joining-up green finance policy and practice, China is Read more […]

Reading between the lines of China’s “Twin sessions”

China’s National People’s Congress, the annual plenary session of China’s legislature, is done and dusted. No major policy upheaval ahead the 19th Party Congress in November. Nonetheless, the shift in tone in the government work report have shed some light on China’s policy direction. 1. Tone shifted from “maintaining growth” to “containing risk” The theme Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: What Does it Look Like Without India and China?

According to the S&P Pan Asia Bond Index, India and China together represented 79% of the overall market value as of April 18, 2016.  While foreign investor access to these countries is opening up, the investability is still limited.  The market value excluding these two countries is around USD 2 trillion, as tracked by the Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: PBOC Has Widened Access to China’s Onshore Bond Market for Foreign Investors

On Feb. 24, 2016, the People’s Bank of China announced that offshore commercial banks, insurance companies, securities companies, fund management companies, and pension funds are free to invest in China’s interbank bond market.  Previously, foreign investors could only access China’s onshore bond market through a QFII or RQFII quota.  The removal of the quota system Read more […]

China’s Stock Market and Its Currency

The New Year opened with large declines and massive volatility in China’s stock market.  According to US press reports, continuing declines in the value of China’s currency, the RMB, are a major factor in the poor performance of the market. While the RMB has slid against the dollar, falling from 6.21/USD at the beginning of Read more […]

Accessing China’s Growth via Dividends

In the current environment of short-term volatility amid a long-term positive outlook for the Chinese economy, a focus on growing, sustainable dividends in China’s equity markets could provide the opportunity to get a slice of the region’s structural growth and potential downside protection compared with a typical growth strategy, such as an earnings growth strategy. Read more […]

Is China a Building Block in Your Portfolio?

After China’s stock plunge in Q3 2015, many investors have had two different views toward China.  The bearish camp avoids buying Chinese stocks, as they think the Chinese market is volatile, and that the earlier stock market bubble has not fully burst when it comes to the problems of shadow banking, margin lending, and an Read more […]

Catalysts for ETF Market Growth in Hong Kong and China

The Asia-Pacific region is the third-largest ETF market in the world, after the U.S. and Europe. Despite the fact that the ETFs listed in the Asia-Pacific region represent less than 10% of global ETF assets, the region’s asset growth rate has outpaced the two former leaders and is now ranked at the top. The Asia-Pacific Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: Rising Momentum of Islamic Finance in China

In the Islamic Finance News Report “China- the time is now”, it highlighted a few initiatives that demonstrated the rising momentum of Islamic finance in China, see examples below, Chinese brokerage Southwest Securities forged a partnership with Qatar International Islamic Bank to pave the way for Islamic finance transactions in the country. The Qatari bank Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: Chinese Bonds Rose After China Rate Cut

China announced another policy rate and RRR cut this week. The one-year deposit and lending rates were lowered by 25bps to 1.75% and 4.65%, while RRR is reduced by 50bps to 18%. These measures aim to offset increased capital outflow and stabilize the economy. While investors should remain cautious with market volatilities, certain Chinese assets with Read more […]