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  • China’s emerging super-regulator: a bold, dangerous step

    China made a clear step towards creating a financial super-regulator last week, when it created a new oversight commission within the central bank. The mega-merger of China’s many competing regulators is a good idea – but it is also fraught with risks.

    • 19 Jul 2017
  • RMBi critics are using the wrong metrics

    China’s renminbi internationalisation (RMBi) strategy has seen a clear shift from pushing for the currency’s usage abroad to bringing investors into the onshore market. It is time to take a more nuanced view of renminbi internationalisation.

    • 12 Jul 2017
  • Bond Connect: Be careful what you wish for

    China’s move to open up its domestic bond market to more foreign investment is being rightly applauded. But investors should be wary of the risks in a market that still has serious problems with governance and disclosure.

    • 04 Jul 2017
  • RMBi: Small weightings make a big difference

    The entry of A-shares into MSCI’s emerging market index was quickly dismissed by China bears as a non-event, given the tiny weighting Chinese equities will have in the index. But sceptics should learn from history that small weightings often make a big difference to RMB internationalisation — and MSCI’s A-share inclusion might just be an example of that.

    • 29 Jun 2017
  • China bulls and bears: embrace the inevitable

    MSCI’s decision on June 21 to include A-shares in its Emerging Markets Index has, once again, unleashed furious debate between those seeing it as another case of global institutions bending the rules to appease China and those always viewing the China glass as half full. But neither view has much to offer in explaining the Mainland’s growing integration in global financial markets.

    • 23 Jun 2017
  • Belt & Braces for Belt & Road issuers

    In the latest Clawback, columnist Philippe Espinasse turns his focus to the listing of infrastructure project companies in Hong Kong, saying that IPOs of Belt and Road issuers could be a big challenge.

    • 05 May 2017
  • MSCI: Between BlackRock and a hard place

    With the world’s largest asset manager saying it backs the inclusion of A-shares in MSCI indices, the result now looks inevitable. However, the result is likely to be high on symbolism and little else and highlights the challenge for firms as they balance the demand for China exposure with the need to keep their integrity intact.

    • 24 Apr 2017
  • Firms should get their foot in the door of foreign FTZ listings

    The Shanghai free-trade zone offers a side door into China’s A-share market for international companies, but the arduous process means so far it has received little attention. But with regulators planning to make the process easier, international companies should start paying attention.

    • 03 Apr 2017
  • The RMB needs a little less conversation

    Swift’s decision not to publish its monthly RMB tracker with any additional commentary about the long term prospects of the renminbi is refreshing. Other renminbi loyalists should follow suit, and stop trying to gloss over disappointing data.

    • 27 Feb 2017
  • RMB internationalisation is in transition, not reverse

    China has come in for a lot of criticism for introducing more capital controls since the start of the year in order to combat outflows. While such restrictions clearly do not fit under the headline of financial liberalisation, the market needs to understand that they are a necessary evil for China to have enough time to correct economic imbalances.

    • 13 Jan 2017

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GlobalRMB Panda Bonds league table

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 CITIC Securities 25.23
2 China CITIC Bank Corp 18.35
3 China Merchants Bank Co 14.91
3 Bank of China (BOC) 14.91
5 Everbright Securities 11.47

Panda Bond Database

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 21-Jul-17 Maybank Malaysia 1,000
2 10-Jul-17 China Jinmao Holdings China 2,500
3 07-Jul-17 China Everbright Holdings China 2,500
4 23-Jun-17 Bank of China Group Investment China 1,500
5 12-Jun-17 China Traditional Chinese Medicine Holdings China 2,000

Offshore RMB Bond Top Bookrunners

Rank Bookrunner Share % by Volume
1 JP Morgan 49.70
2 Barclays 10.06
2 Citi 10.06
2 HSBC 10.06
2 Bank of China (BOC) 10.06

Latest Offshore RMB Bonds

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 01-Jun-17 Ocean Wealth (Parent: China Orient Asset Management) China 632
2 11-Apr-17 Bank of China Johannesburg Branch (BOC Johannesburg) China 1,500
3 22-Feb-17 Ocean Wealth (Parent: China Orient Asset Management) China 850
4 28-Nov-16 Loncin Holdings China 800
5 04-Nov-16 China Nuclear Engineering Group China 1,500