Bond Investors to Access China Market

Matthews Asia’s Satya Patel considers how the bond connect is changing China's financial system

External Writer 15 January, 2018 | 2:48PM

Shanghai, China

Policymakers debuted China’s Bond Connect plan in July last year. Although they are still in the early stages of putting the systems and structures in place to make it an easy-to-use investor platform, the implementation of this programme is one area worth watching closely.

Chinese policymakers signal the opening up of the bond market to foreign investors and the removal of barriers to entry, which will play a major role when it comes to index inclusion. We think with Bond Connect it’s a matter of when, not if, Chinese bonds are included in the big bond indices that global investors follow. This will lead to a significant change in investor behaviour and in the Asian bond markets.

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