SHANGHAI - China is to ease curbs on offshore investments in a bid to reduce
the rising tide of liquidity in the financial system, state press reported
An investor in front of a stock price board in Shanghai.
China is to ease curbs on offshore investments in a bid to reduce the
rising tide of liquidity in the financial system. (file)
The new rules widen the scope of a government programme for banks and other
institutional investors to tap more than four trillion dollars in national and
corporate savings, the Shanghai Securities News reported.
The move by the China Banking Regulatory Commission is also aimed at easing
appreciation pressure on its currency and the pace of growth in foreign reserves
that, at 1.2 trillion dollars, are already the world's largest.
According to the commission, individual bank customers will be allowed to
invest a minimum of 300,000 yuan (38,900 US dollars) in offshore stocks.
Stocks can account for up to 50 percent of the net value of an offshore
investment product offered by a bank, with the net value of a single stock
capped at five percent, the regulator said.
Investors have so far shunned the government investment scheme, launched in
June last year, as regulations have been seen as too stringent.
Banks were only allowed to invest fixed-income products.
Strong appreciation in the yuan and China's booming stock markets have
further undermined the programme.
Of the 18.5 billion dollars worth of quotas allocated by March this year,
only about five percent had been used.