Foreign investors are concerned less with Standard & Poor's downgrade of China's sovereign rating than a set of other factors, which are influencing their engagement with its debt market.
Dutch pension manager APG has joined up with E-Fund Management to offer an ESG A-share strategy. Others could follow as sustainable investing gains traction in China.
The country's life insurers are investing more into alternatives and equity to raise returns. Doing so comes with sizeable risks that smaller firms may struggle with, say experts.
Beijing's new draft rules for private funds do not mention regulating these products' investing into non-standard assets, which could let them conduct corporate lending, said observers.
Private equity fundraising in renminbi has rebounded strongly since 2015. There are good reasons for this trend, says Ian Kelly of PE fund administrator Augentius.
Senior executives from China Investment Corporation and Silk Road Fund aim to invest huge sums into the Asia-to-Europe infrastructure project, but they admitted doing so is challenging.
With China's equity markets now harder to ingore than ever before, foreign investors are having to grapple with how to access them.
The Hong Kong arm of China Everbright Group aims to raise its offshore infrastructure fund to $1 billion through China insurers and European investors, and inject more assets into it.
The funds of funds industry in China has enormous potential, but fund houses need to build capabilities and track records in order to exploit it, said participants and observers.
China's state pension fund and self-regulating fund body welcomed the launch of the first funds of funds, but cautioned asset owners to use the vehicles for long-term diversification.
Four foreign managers can now do business directly in China, with Fullerton looking to launch an equity fund and Man working on a quant strategy.
Despite MSCI's green light, there remain hurdles, including capital controls, debt burdens, complex access channels and corporate governance concerns. But things are changing.
Hang Seng Bank aims to add to its selection of alternatives funds and enhance its digital platform, says Rosita Lee, head of investment products and advisory.
China is regaining its lustre with clients, according to Rosita Lee, head of investment products and advisory business at Hang Seng Bank.
Nasdaq poached the executive on Monday as its first Asia-based exchange-traded products head, as part of an effort to take advantage of more passive investing in the region.
The mainland group's Hong Kong investment arm has been busy raising new funds this year and has outlined the types of assets it is targeting.
Mainland institutions were at the forefront of a doubling in global real estate investment from Asia in the first half, as regional appetite for the asset class shows no sign of abating.
The Shenzhen-based group is expanding its presence in Hong Kong and has other overseas branches in the pipeline in Europe and the US, in a bid to sustain its rapid growth.
The largest life insurer in the mainland is seeking Belt and Road-related investments to help raise its foreign allocation, and has set up a new private equity fund with Baidu.
The US asset manager saw its lead China portfolio manager depart last month and has promoted internally to replace her.