12 Aug 2021

PBoC issues final version of rules to overhaul operations of credit rating agencies

Regulators have moved fairly quickly to publish the final version of the notice, an indication of the urgency of overhauling a sector hit by scandals and bond defaults that have exposed serious shortcomings in the current system…


11 Aug 2021

CBIRC orders trusts to clean up non-financial subsidiaries

Trusts, long a central pillar of the shadow banking industry, have been under intense scrutiny from regulators over the past few years. This notice is part of a long-running crackdown to rein in practices that have fueled financial risks…


10 Aug 2021

Anxin Trust to raise RMB 9 billion in state-backed bailout

Yet again, the state has to come to the rescue of a failed financial institution to prevent its problems from spreading across the sector – and leading to financial and social instability…


10 Aug 2021

Pan Gongsheng sets out principles and priorities for foreign-exchange reform

While regulators may be keen for more overseas capital investment in RMB assets and, to some extent, for increased outward flows, the central government still wants a substantial say over how this capital – both inward and outward – is deployed…


04 Aug 2021

Beijing and Chongqing to be approved as pilot zones for green finance reform

Achieving peak carbon and carbon neutrality will not come cheap and ensuring sufficient financing is available to both the public and private sectors to achieve those goals will be key to their success…


04 Aug 2021

PBoC and CBIRC officials flag measures to support green finance, ESG investment

Comments made by Fan and Liang, while broad and lacking specifics, underscore how green finance and ESG have shot to the top of financial regulators’ agendas…


04 Aug 2021

Banking and insurance leaders highlight investment opportunities from long-term carbon reduction targets

Given that these are Xi’s personal pledges, greening the economy has become a political task which means all sectors of the economy and society are rushing to back it…


27 Jul 2021

Four cities launch multi-currency settlement accounts to facilitate forex conversion

This currency reform is not about opening up the capital account, but about reducing operational costs for companies with multiple foreign currency accounts…


27 Jul 2021

CSRC releases rules clarifying administrative punishment for securities violations

Administrative punishments imposed by regulators have soared over the last three years as they have stepped up efforts to punish violations that have shaken public trust. The stock market is rife with misconduct and the CSRC has become increasingly aggressive in an attempt to restore market confidence…


27 Jul 2021

CBIRC releases measures to evaluate the consumer protection systems of banks and insurers

As the government focuses on tamping down financial risk, consumer protection has become a top priority. Regulators have become increasingly concerned about mis-selling, misleading marketing, and failure to resolve customer complaints…


27 Jul 2021

PBoC moves to standardize, centralize bond lending

China’s interbank bond market has grown exponentially over the past few years and is now the world’s second largest, fueled by the country’s huge appetite for debt and the opening up of the market to foreign investors and financial institutions. Yet regulation has failed to keep up or to respond to the growing demands from investors for more hedging tools and a more structured and formal system for bond lending and borrowing.


26 Jul 2021

CBIRC highlights problems of insurers’ compliance with notice on management of long-term business

As the Chinese insurance sector grows in stature relative to other financial sub-industries, regulators will remain keen to carefully manage its development. The CBIRC wants to ensure that market order is protected, risk remains manageable, and consumer rights and interests are protected…


23 Jul 2021

Although regulators have claimed success in their campaign to rein in shadow banking, which began in 2017, they are still battling to stop activity that breaks the rules and that includes regular inspections of financial institutions…


23 Jul 2021

Dajia Insurance bailout investors put company up for sale

The Anbang saga has been a continuing headache for regulators ever since the company was taken over in early 2018…


23 Jul 2021

Morgan Stanley increases stake in securities JV

As a result, foreign firms are more than happy to buy out their partners in areas that don’t require a significant nationwide distribution network, such as securities…


23 Jul 2021

PBoC reportedly orders Internet platforms to route credit data through credit reporting agencies

This order appears to be a warning to Internet platforms to step into line with the PBoC’s new requirements and to reinforce the message given in a meeting with 13 fintech companies in April…


23 Jul 2021

Beijing releases guideline to turn Pudong New Area into a pioneer area to promote reform and opening up

This guideline is choc full of grand visions and proposals for a range of sectors that officials further down the pecking order will now be charged with fleshing out into more detailed policies for implementation…


22 Jul 2021

Regulators order cuts to payment processing fees for small firms

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has made supporting small businesses a top priority for policymakers as they are seen as a critical factor to sustained economic growth…


22 Jul 2021

CBIRC to encourage insurance funds to support strategic industries

Now, regulators are looking to channel this recently freed up insurance fund capital into strategically important industries…


22 Jul 2021

Banks gear up for GBA Wealth Management Connect

Banks with a significant presence in the GBA are eager to be early movers as the region’s financial integration gains steam…


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