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Chinese bonds: Riding the waves of foreign inflows

The panel

  • Jamie Chua, Index and portfolio analytics specialist, Bloomberg
  • Eddie Lau, Chief investment officer and deputy chief executive, Rongtong Global Investment
  • Eric Liu, Portfolio manager, fixed income, Manulife Asset Management
  • Julien Martin, Managing director, head of fixed income and currency product development, market development, HKEX, and general manager, Bond Connect
  • Brian Roberts, Senior vice-president and head of exchange traded products, HKEX
  • Moderator: Narayanan Somasundaram, Hong Kong bureau chief, Risk.net

Chinese fixed income is entering the mainstream of the investment world, propelled by capital inflows passing through China’s opening doors. Foreign institutions held a record RMB1.4 trillion of Chinese bonds at the end of September, with the amount of foreign holdings expanding for 19 months in a row.

While catalysts such as compelling yields, improved access and the prospect of China’s inclusion in global bond indexes continue to fuel foreign interest, is the inflow into Chinese bonds sustainable or will the tides turn?

Key topics discussed include:

    • Whether stock market turbulence is a friend or foe to Chinese fixed income
    • Factors directing capital flows into Chinese bonds
    • The most efficient ways for foreign investors to gain exposure
    • The implications of index inclusion
    • The market outlook for 2019
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