db X-trackers lists China A-shares ETF in London
Deutsche Bank’s exchange-traded fund platform, db X-trackers, has listed its db x-trackers CSI300 Index ETF on the London Stock Exchange, making it Europe’s largest China A-shares ETF by assets under management.
The CSI300 Index tracks the performance of the 300 most representative – as measured by a combination of market capitalisation and liquidity – A-shares listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.
A-shares are quoted in Chinese renminbi and have traditionally been difficult for investors outside of China to access – international investors must be the holder of a QFII (qualified foreign institutional investor) licence in order to get permission to trade in China’s A-share market.
International investors can freely access H-shares and red chips traded on the Hong Kong exchange. However, A-shares make up over 75 per cent of Chinese market capitalization, covering more than 2000 companies across all sectors of the Chinese economy.
“The China Securities Regulatory Commission is expanding its quotas for foreign investment, signalling a willingness by the Chinese government to open up China's capital markets further to international investors. But for many investors it remains a difficult market to access. The db x-trackers CSI300 Index ETF can bridge that gap,” says Manooj Mistry, head of db X-trackers for the UK.
The db x-trackers CSI300 Index ETF currently has around GBP220m in assets under management. Share classes for the ETF are currently listed on the Hong Kong and Singapore stock exchanges. The London listing represents a new, additional share class.
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