China has scrapped the quota of its two leading inbound investment programmes, but the move appears unlikely to give its onshore capital markets a shot in the arm.
The country's elimination of limits on qualified foreign institutional investor and RQFII investments is welcome and could help encourage better governance and transparency.
Foreign investors warmly received news of the planned merger, and anticipate that Beijing will make more efforts to broaden market access and enhance inbound investments.
Investors look set to use the Chinese cross-border scheme for some years yet. It still offers certain advantages over Stock Connect, including lower trading costs, say fund executives.
International fund houses have received further clarity on investments into China's interbank bond market, say sources, but central banks remain the biggest drivers of fast-rising inflows.
The Dutch asset manager will also add a third individual to its China equity research team. But it will need a new type of wholly foreign-owned entity if it is to run money onshore.