GlobalRMB Quarterly Review, Q4 2016

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  • Southbound flows are the real story of Stock Connect

    Mutual market access (MMA) is about to be strengthened by the impending launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect next month. While much of the focus has been on how access to China will improve, a report from brokerage firm Instinet argues that the real story lies in the internationalisation of Chinese money and how it is impacting trading patterns.

  • Focus shifts to MSCI after Shenzhen Connect

    The launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect is an exciting development but of more importance is whether this further opening up of China’s capital account increases the odds of A-shares making it into the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, according to market participants.

  • Moscow preps Bond Connect launch

    Plans abound to connect China’s bond market with offshore counterparts but they have had little success until recently. Now Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD) is close to launching a link in the first half of 2017, Eddie Astanin, chairman of the executive board, told GlobalRMB.

  • Sino-Russia ties strengthened by exchange agreements

    China and Russia are forging ahead with closer financial market ties, with the Moscow Exchange (Moex) and Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) looking to facilitate two-way investments between the countries. This comes as the Russian ministry of finance is still finalising plans for the first RMB-denominated bond to be issued in Russia.

  • Q&A: The Working Group on US RMB Trading and Clearing

    The US took a step forward as a renminbi hub in September, when Bank of China New York branch was appointed as the local clearing bank. GlobalRMB met with a representative of the Working Group on US RMB Trading and Clearing to discuss new and future developments.

  • New York's unlikely renminbi gambit

    Home to the world’s largest capital market, the US has what it takes to redraw the global heat map of renminbi internationalisation (RMBi) now that it has been awarded a clearing bank and the world’s second largest RMB investment quota. Yet this potential could be squandered by the upcoming presidential elections unless market forces prevail.

  • HK is no longer RMB’s teacher’s pet, and that’s OK

    A mix of local politics and broader market developments may gradually strip Hong Kong of its role as the cutting edge centre for renminbi internationalisation. But that is probably a good development, at least as far as China’s longer-term strategy is concerned.

  • Pandas and dim sum: A year of diverging fortunes

    Panda and dim sum bonds are set to end 2016 with different outcomes with the former gaining plenty of traction as the latter suffers from a dire lack of appetite, according to GlobalRMB data.

  • Debut NBC Panda takes Belt and Road route

    National Bank of Canada became the first North American lender to sell a Panda bond on Wednesday, raising Rmb3.5bn ($517m) from a three year note. What stood out, however, was not the deal execution but how the lender managed to convince the regulators that the sale aligns with China’s Belt and Road initiative.

  • Capital controls continue to impede China's FTZ progress

    It has been three years since China launched the landmark Shanghai Free Trade Zone with the area originally envisioned as the blueprint for further reforms throughout the country. While market participants are disappointed by the authorities’ continued grip on capital controls, they are happy with the overall direction of the FTZ scheme.

  • RQFII poised to end 2016 in disappointment

    The renminbi qualified foreign institutional investor (RQFII) scheme is set to end 2016 on a disappointing note with the combined value of quotas awarded amounting to roughly half of last year’s total.

  • RQFII a pioneering move for Thai funds, says KAsset

    Kasikorn Asset Management broke new ground last month when it became the first Thai entity to attain a renminbi qualified institutional investor (RQFII) licence. In an exclusive interview with GlobalRMB the CIO of KAsset, Navin Intharasombat, said this is more than just a symbolic move as it is also the first opportunity for Thai-domiciled funds to invest in China directly.

  • MRF: a year of struggle

    The Mutual Recognition of Funds (MRF) scheme continues to attract interest from mainland retail investors nearly a year after its launch. However, it is being stifled by poor distribution efforts, scarcity of eligible funds, as well as foreign fund manager uncertainty about what is the best route into China.

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