China fixed income by-the-numbers: What’s driving global investment

FTSE Russell recently announced that Chinese Government Bonds will be included in the widely followed FTSE World Government Bond Index (WGBI) starting in October 2021. The global index provider cited recent improvements to market infrastructure to expand access to international investors. In addition, the investment numbers help tell the story behind growing global investor interest in this sizeable market.

Number 1 – Less Than 10%. Despite the growth in the Chinese government bond market in the last decade, foreign ownership levels in this market are still at less than 10%. This low level of foreign ownership relative to other global markets naturally leads to a lower correlation.

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