FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report

FTSE Russell is set to add Chinese government debt to its World Government Bond Index (WGBI) in 2021 subject to further confirmation in March 2021,  a move that some analysts predict could attract more than US$100 billion of foreign capital into the world’s second largest economy. The decision follows FTSE Russell’s assessment of improvements in market liquidity, foreign exchange and settlement flexibility in China bond markets, among other factors.

The internationalisation of China’s debt markets is accelerating especially investment into China’s policy bank bonds. Net inflows into policy bank bonds totalled RMB347 billion (US$51 billion) in the first three quarters of the year, versus inflows of RMB350 billion (US$55 billion) into government bonds within the same period of time.

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