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China allows insurers to invest in Hong Kong stocks via link

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China has opened up a new channel for insurers to invest in Hong Kong equities.

Insurance funds are now allowed to buy the city’s shares through an exchange trading link with Shanghai, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a statement on its website, without saying when the funds could start using the link. The increased access will help the companies boost investment returns, it said.

The move comes less than a month after officials dropped the overall quota for mainland investors to buy stocks in Hong Kong and approved the opening of a second link via Shenzhen, while retaining daily limits. Insurers are allowed to invest up to 15 per cent of their assets in overseas markets including Hong Kong, which they can currently do through a different program.

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