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Hong Kong and China to allow international investors to trade Shanghai shares on HK Exchange for the first time Global banks ...
are racing for an October start which could pump up trading volumes
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NO REPORTER NARRATION Hong Kong and China to allow international investors to trade Shanghai shares on HK Exchange for the first time Global banks are racing for an October start which could pump up trading volumes (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) INVESTMENT MANAGER, AXA FRAMLINGTON, MARK TINKER, SAYING: "There's no single strategy. I think it's much more important to view this as part of the opening up of China to international capital, so there is going to be a lot of stock-specific stories, issue-specific stories, coming through over the next twelve months and we've got to look at them with fresh eyes as part of the restructuring of China. So it's much more -- it's not a single strategyâ€¦" (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING: "So talking about restructuring, you know we've got the SOEs all under reform. Are there going to be options there, opportunities there, in the A-share market for example?" (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) INVESTMENT MANAGER, AXA FRAMLINGTON, MARK TINKER, SAYING: "Absolutely, one of the reasons people haven't bought into China as an equity market is because it has got these old China stocks that haven't reformed. As they reform, they will throw up opportunities like any privatization that we've seen anywhere else in the world. That you would've not bought BT beforehand, now you would've bought BT on the privatization. So it's the same kind of opportunity set, if they get it right. But it just doesn't mean just buy everything, you have to see if they are genuinely restructuring the balance sheets, restructuring the way the management is spinning off divisions. And I think they will do, but it will be very issue specific." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING: "Alright, now we're still waiting for the details of how it's all going to work. But, it's going to open up the Hong Kong market as well to mainland customers more openly. So what about here in Hong Kong, what do you do here?" (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) INVESTMENT MANAGER, AXA FRAMLINGTON, MARK TINKER, SAYING: "Well I think one thing that is worth pointing out is it's going to be quite clunky at the moment. The details are still a little bit clunky and so it's not going to open with a big bang. I think it will be sort of a tentative approach. I think mainlanders will be interested in buying stocks, Chinese names that they can't buy as A-shares. So I think there will be some interest and some flow, but I don't think we can expect that to push prices up to crazy levels. But I think it's important to recognize this is going to be a little bit of a slow starter I think because there's a lot of detail. This has happened very, very quickly." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING: "Right, and it's a big rush to that October deadline. Now if you look beyond this, beyond the short-term. What do these reforms signal for what's ahead for reforms in China?" (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) INVESTMENT MANAGER, AXA FRAMLINGTON, MARK TINKER, SAYING: "Well it's a full twenty-first century financial market is being built in China. And it will be dominating the region over the next five years. Bond markets, it's suggested twenty trillion dollars' worth of debt is going to be issued by those SOEs, by the local governments. What I'm saying to people, my clients, is your portfolio will have things in it in five years' time that don't even exist right now. Infrastructure bonds, local government debt, former SOEs. So there's a completely new financial market is going to be being built over the next five years and this is the first start of it, the first part of that process." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER, JON GORDON, SAYING: "Alright Mark, thanks so much, we'll leave it there." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) INVESTMENT MANAGER, AXA FRAMLINGTON, MARK TINKER, SAYING: "Pleasure." ENDS