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China's Top State-run Bank Launches Country's First India-dedicated Investment Fund

The fund, named the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Credit Suisse India Market Fund, will "invest in exchange-traded funds listed on more than 20 exchanges in Europe and the US that are based on the Indian market".

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Updated:May 14, 2018, 6:51 PM IST
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China's Top State-run Bank Launches Country's First India-dedicated Investment Fund
Office building of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). (Photo: Reuters/ File)
Beijing: The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), a top state-run Chinese bank has launched China's first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund, saying the Indian market offers the "best opportunity" for Chinese investors due to the prospects of double-digit growth.

The ICBC is China's largest lender by market value.

The fund, named the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Credit Suisse India Market Fund, will "invest in exchange-traded funds listed on more than 20 exchanges in Europe and the US that are based on the Indian market".

It is China's first publicly offered fund for investing in India, state-run Global Times reported.

The fund will invest in the future of the Indian economy and track the distribution of the industrial structure across the Indian market, the report quoted a fund manager as saying.

The move, regarded as significant by observers to boost investments in India comes just about a fortnight after the first ever informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan.

The bank while launching the fund has given an upbeat picture of India's economic growth path.

"As the most important emerging market overseas, the Indian stock market's long-term trend must be positive. For Chinese investors, the current moment offers the best opportunity to get started in Indian stocks," the paper said in its report on the launch of the India fund by the ICBC.

"The certainty of India's growth is very clear. But considering the continuous acceleration of urbanisation and the expansion of the middle class, India's future value will be large," it said

If estimated by purchasing power parity, India's GDP is already close to seven per cent of the world. The situation is similar to China when it started to rise a decade ago, it said.

"Now, investing in the Indian market means an investor can enjoy double-digit economic growth," it said.

The Indian stock market underwent a correction in the first quarter, which means it offers a good opportunity for opening positions, it said.

The bank listed sectors for investments specifically, in terms of the major industries weighted distribution of the index.

The financial industry will account for the highest proportion, followed by information technology, alternative consumption, energy, essential consumption, raw materials, medicine, healthcare and other industries, it said.

For large investors, adding a low-relevant asset to the allocation tool can effectively improve the effective frontier of the investor's asset allocation, and help the investor to better spread risks and obtain a more stable income.

"Through our research, we found that at the same risk level, after joining the Indian market, the expected return of the portfolio can be increased," it said.

In terms of small and medium-sized investors, the threshold for global asset allocation and overseas investment markets is high, which makes it difficult for them to set foot in this field, it said.

Under the current institutional framework, this is a rare opportunity to invest overseas, it said.

Recent research indicates that the Indian market has gradually become one of the best-performing markets in the world due to ongoing reforms, macroeconomic improvement and enhanced profitability, it said.

"Take March as an example. Due to trade friction between China and the US, foreign capital showed mostly net outflows from other Asian stock markets. However, India's capital inflows reached USD 2.1 billion, which was in sharp contrast to other markets in the region," it said.

"This shows that foreign investors recognise India's economic strength," it said.

"Meanwhile, India is not affected by the trade friction between China and the US, and it has become a safe haven for funds. Chinese investors should pay close attention to the Indian stock market and seize new opportunities," it said.

In April, the ICBC had said its net profit rose four per cent year-on-year in the first quarter.

Net profit reached 79.1 billion yuan (about USD 12.5 billion) in the first three months, based on international financial reporting standards, the ICBC said in a statement.

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