Rethinking China's Role in Emerging Market Equity Portfolios
Investors are reassessing their approach to investing in Chinese equities, supported by an evolving range of asset management offerings.
IN THIS PAPER
Pros and cons for different China equity investment approaches including appropriate combinations of Global Emerging Market, A-Shares and All-Shares strategies.
Why China? Why onshore? A brief recap of the fundamentals that are driving investors towards developing a clearer strategy around Chinese equities.
Reviewing the asset management landscape. Alongside an increasingly mature of A-Shares managers that have demonstrated strong alpha generation, investors can also access a growing roster of All-Shares strategies that combine onshore and offshore exposure.
Staying on the side-lines of the world’s second biggest equity market is becoming increasingly untenable. The growth of China’s equity markets and their rising presence in indices calls for an ongoing re-evaluation of investment strategy.
While most large institutional investors only access Chinese equities through Global Emerging Markets strategies, bfinance clients have increasingly moved towards implementing dedicated China allocations. This can involve adding A-Shares (onshore equities) alongside GEM strategies, since the latter are primarily focused on offshore securities, or carving out all Chinese equity exposure to be managed through “China All-Shares” strategies which blend onshore and offshore together.
Those that examine the implementation options for Chinese equity investing will encounter an asset management universe that has changed substantially during the last few years, including a rapidly growing contingent of existing and ready-to-launch All-Shares strategies founded on existing onshore and offshore investment capability.
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