Growing foreign appeal of CGBs to turn tide on liquidity

A jump in foreign holdings of Chinese government bonds (CGBs), combined with the upcoming inclusion of CGBs in global indices in April, is set to improve liquidity in the mainland’s secondary debt market and gradually widen the scope of international investor participation, writes Rebecca Feng.

  • By Rebecca Feng
  • 10 Jan 2019
Although the past year has been marked by the US-China trade war and renewed doubts about China’s growth trajectory, that has not stopped foreign participation in the CGB market from reaching new heights. Global investors’ holdings jumped from Rmb667bn ($95.9bn) in January 2018 to Rmb1.1tr by the end ...

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