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  • 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.

    • 17 Sep 2019
  • China opens up underwriting business, but does it matter?

    Foreign banks can now get a licence to act as lead underwriters for all deals in China’s domestic interbank bond market, signalling a further opening up of the Mainland’s financial market. But these licences will only make a marginal difference to a bank’s business.

    • 28 Aug 2019
  • China rate reform: a market but with a very visible hand

    China unveiled a new benchmark rate, the loan prime rate (LPR), for loans this week. While hailed as a groundbreaking step towards making its benchmark lending rate more market-driven, the mechanism for determining the LPR in fact grants the central bank more control over the country’s interest rates.

    • 20 Aug 2019
  • China’s research clampdown: a step in the wrong direction

    China’s securities firms are about to be subject to an alarming rule that will limit their capacity to provide independent research. The decision to grade firms on their ability to manage the reputation of China and guide public opinion is a big step back for the country’s financial system.

    • 15 Aug 2019
  • In calling China a 'currency manipulator,' the US plays its Trump card

    The US finally labelled China a currency manipulator this week, a day after the renminbi weakened to below the psychological level of seven against the dollar. With China clearly indicating its willingness to open a new front in the trade war, the stage is set for an increase in rhetoric between the two countries.

    • 07 Aug 2019
  • Star board: a roller coaster ride to remember

    The first 25 companies that started trading on the new Shanghai tech board on Monday skyrocketed, as Chinese investors welcomed the Nasdaq-style equity market with frenzied trading. As the excitement cooled on Tuesday, the bourse’s performance shows that regulators must not just focus on market reform, but also on market participants.

    • 23 Jul 2019
  • China banking: long-term solutions needed

    Baoshang Bank’s takeover by the People’s Bank of China, and the continuing after-effects on the country’s banking sector, have forced regulators to adopt short-term measures to save smaller and weaker banks and securities houses.

    • 20 Jun 2019
  • Panda diplomacy: extinction threatens if deals are gestures

    China has in the past used panda bears for political gestures, loaning the rare creatures to countries with which it wants to forge ties. The bond market named after them looks similarly endangered, while deals priced there are also nothing more than international relations votives.

    • 09 Apr 2019
  • China bond index inclusion a ‘gesture’ – but a big one

    Global investors lauded the inclusion of Chinese bonds in Bloomberg Barclays’ flagship index this week as the start of a new era, but onshore bankers said it was only a gesture. Perhaps they are both right. The move will force global investors into the unknown and could redraw the map for global bond investment.

    • 02 Apr 2019
  • China should use its second chance on CDRs

    A long-touted equity link between London and Shanghai is set for take-off by the end of the year, but the most unsurprising news to emerge is HSBC’s plan to use it for a Mainland listing. China now has an excellent chance to get its act together on Chinese Depositary Receipts.

    • 25 Oct 2018

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Panda Bonds league table

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 23.56
2 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 16.09
3 China Merchants Securities Co 11.38
4 Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) 6.90
5 HSBC 5.75

Panda Bond Database

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 03-Sep-19 China Power International Development China 2,000
2 02-Sep-19 China Power International Development China 500
3 22-Aug-19 Mengniu Dairy China 1,000
4 07-Aug-19 Daimler Germany 5,000
5 31-Jul-19 Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA Italy 1,000

Offshore RMB Bond Top Bookrunners

Rank Bookrunner Share % by Volume
1 Standard Chartered Bank 32.50
2 Credit Agricole 6.34
2 HSBC 6.34
4 Bank of China (Hong Kong) (BOCHK) 6.22
4 Bank of Communications Hong Kong Branch (BOCOM HK) 6.22

Latest Offshore RMB Bonds

Pricing Date Issuer Country Size Rmb (m)
1 16-Jul-19 CIFI Holdings China 1,600
2 22-May-19 Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC) China 3,000
3 16-Apr-19 ICBC Singapore Branch China 1,000
4 10-Apr-19 Bank of China Macau Branch (BOC Macau) China 4,500
5 15-Mar-19 Bank of Communications Hong Kong Branch (BOCOM HK) China 2,500