China eases restrictions on institutional investor programs
China said Tuesday that it would ease restrictions on foreign institutional investors in a step to open its financial market wider.
Xavier Rolet (L) Chief Executive Officer of the London Stock Exchange Group and Dr Hu Zhanghong (3rd L), Chief Executive Officer of the China Construction Bank, are pictured during the opening of the market at the London Stock Exchange in London on March 25, 2015. The London Stock Exchange on Wednesday launched a product allowing small investors exposure to Chinese bond markets in the local currency, building on the British capital's status as a global financial hub. [File photo: VCG]
New rules for the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) and the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) programs will make it easier for investors to move funds out of the Chinese mainland, according to the People's Bank of China and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Regulators will scrap a rule that limits the amount of funds that QFIIs can take out of the mainland every month at 20 percent of its mainland assets as of the end of the previous year.
The requirements for a three-month capital lock-up period for QFII and RQFII redemptions will be removed, according to the new rules unveiled with immediate effect.
QFIIs and RQFIIs will also be allowed to make forex hedges on their investments in the mainland to offset risk from forex movements.
The QFII program allows licensed overseas investors to invest in the mainland's yuan-denominated capital market, while the RQFII program allows foreign institutional investors to invest in the mainland's onshore market with offshore RMB deposits.
As of the end of May, 287 overseas institutions had received quotas amounting to a total of 99.46 billion U.S. dollars under the QFII program, while the quotas in the RQFII program came in at 615.85 billion yuan (about 96.2 billion U.S. dollars) for 196 institutional investors from abroad.