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Global institutional investors plan to modify their approach to China equity allocations

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global institutional investors signal a shift to dedicated China equity investments as they are planning to modify their approach to China, said a survey.

The research report by Greenwich Associates and Matthews Asia revealed that institutional asset owners worldwide reported getting exposure to China's equity markets primarily through emerging market equity strategies (68%) and through investments in large, global multinational companies (41%).

"Relative to China's growing presence in the global economy and financial markets, current portfolio allocations among institutions are not optimized," said the survey titled, "Crafting the Optimal China Allocation Strategy: The Asset Owner's Perspective"

In recognition of China's growing influence on global growth and emerging market indices, a plurality of asset owners-about one-third-view China as a long-term strategic allocation. Globally, almost half of asset owners are not yet satisfied with their China investment plans, and one-fifth plan to increase or significantly increase their dedicated allocation to China's equity markets in the next 3-5 years.

Many are holding back on dedicated China equity allocation due to low trust in China's government (67%), negative perceptions of corporate governance policies (65%), and questions about market access (49%).

"This study highlights an important opportunity for Institutional investors regarding China's equity markets," says Rober......................

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