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  • China bonds: transparency push a clear win

    China bonds: transparency push a clear win

    The Shanghai Clearing House’s decision to give bond issuers insight into the holders of their debt is a smart move. China has enough regulation; what it lacks is information.

  • China Reits are not for all

    China Reits are not for all

    China has taken a long-awaited step towards opening its real estate investment trust (Reit) market, publishing rules for a pilot programme. The regulators are understandably starting small, but the guidelines don’t do enough for companies that need to list Reits the most.

  • China bond investors deserve better treatment

    China bond investors deserve better treatment

    Do investors matter in China’s bond market? Not much, judging by a recent series of bondholder meetings. HNA Group Co and Gemdale are the latest companies to push their luck. It is time for regulators to push back.

  • China ABS: BMW will not be overtaken

    China ABS: BMW will not be overtaken

    BMW sold an ultra-cheap auto loan securitization in China last week, giving a clear demonstration of investor appetite for highly-rated credits despite the coronavirus epidemic. But other auto financing companies (AFCs) should be realistic about their chances of repeating this success, as liquidity is drying up quickly.

  • China needs to get going on TLAC bonds

    China needs to get going on TLAC bonds

    Crédit Agricole bagged a total loss-absorbing capacity eligible senior preferred Panda bond in China last week — the first of its kind onshore. But the confusion it created shines a light on a market that is still in dire need of education around these new structures. With Chinese banks set to come under pressure soon to issue their own TLAC-eligible bonds onshore, rapid change is needed before time runs out.

  • How foreign securities houses should enter China

    How foreign securities houses should enter China

    Foreign banks hoping to break into China’s capital markets will have an open invitation at the end of next year, when final restrictions on their ownership of securities houses are removed. They will have some small successes with secondary trading but muscling in on primary capital markets will prove expensive ─ and risky.

  • China DCM scores: decent idea, poor execution

    China DCM scores: decent idea, poor execution

    Chinese regulators are planning to rate the bond underwriting ability of securities firms. That may appear a sensible solution to an exchange bond market that has become cutthroat and chaotic. But the proposed solution is too vague to have much impact.

  • China reforms QFII, RQFII but leaves critical problems untouched

    China reforms QFII, RQFII but leaves critical problems untouched

    China’s move to remove the quota limits on the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and renminbi QFII (RQFII) schemes could help in the long-term development of the country’s financial market. But this is not nearly enough. If the regulators want to see some serious change, they need to tackle two key hurdles facing foreign investors.

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