The People's Bank of China, the central bank, said it would speed up
financial innovations, according to its China Financial Markets Development
Report 2006 released yesterday.
central bank will expand by creating new products in inter-bank markets and
steadily develop the short-term financing bonds market.
China will also speed up reforms in the gold market, launch more gold-related
products, and explore ways to transfer the gold market from the current spot
market to financial derivatives market.
The central bank will make changes to the foreign exchange market and
research the possibilities of launching renminbi-derivative products.
The country will back up securities companies to innovate their products,
services and organizations, develop more funds, and promote the reform of
The central bank will also allow the futures market to fully develop and
launch more new commodity futures and focus on financial futures.
China will also strengthen the research and development of financial
derivatives, establish a plan for the development of products, and urge relevant
government departments and research institutions to prepare for financial
China's financial market structure continued to improve last year. Companies
raised a total of 246.37 billion yuan (US$32.21) in the Shanghai and Shenzhen
stock markets, 628.6 percent higher than the previous year, says the report.
According to the report, with the launch of more innovative products, bond
issues climbed to 2.02 trillion yuan last year, from 1.35 trillion yuan in 2005.
The composition of investors kept improving, with a growing number of
institutional investors, which have become a major player in the financial
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