China’s QFII expansion heralds next step in liberalisation of market

The foreign legion

Rolling out the red carpet: China is courting foreign investors by extending its QFII scheme

Getting access to the Chinese market is difficult. Despite all the hype that surrounds the world’s second largest economy, until recently foreign investors made up just over 1% of trading on China’s A-shares market (shares traded on mainland China exchanges which are only available to QFII quota holders). By contrast, Korea or Taiwan might see 30% or more of turnover of their equity markets conducted by foreigners, according to trader estimates. “International investors are generally underweight

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