China steps up rules on wealth management

China’s regulator has issued new draft rules for the country’s $3trn wealth management business that sets stricter requirements on banks to raise and invest funds from their clients.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) proposed regulation on commercial banks’ wealth management products (WMPs) stipulates that these WMPs should be managed based on their net value.

Banks must manage open and close funds in separate ways. The new rules will lower the minimum amount of client subscription to any single public WMPs to 10,000 yuan (about £1.122) from 50,000 yuan in line with the central bank’s asset management rules

Banks must also standardise the management of their fund pools to prevent shadow banking risk, according to an online statement issued by the regulator.

According to the draft proposal, institutions handling securities and futures should adopt a diversified investment portfolio, and are subject to the ‘double 20%’ ratio restriction.

That is, a collective asset management plan is not allowed to park most of the funds in one wealth management product (WMP). The funds invested in one WMP shall not exceed 20% of the net asset value of the plan.

Meanwhile, all asset management plans managed by one financial institution are not allowed to invest more than 20% of the assets in one WMP.

Also, non-standard investment in bank WMP’s is not allowed to exceed 35% of the net assets of the WMPs or 4% of total bank assets. (continues…)

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Pedro Gonçalves
Pedro Gonçalves is Financial Correspondent at International Investment.

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