Saxo launches fully digital access to Chinese bonds
The addition of Chinese bonds to Saxo Bank’s global multi-asset offering, further strengthens Saxo’s position as a gateway to China for international investors
Saxo Bank, the leading fintech and regtech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment, today announces that it is broadening access to Chinese securities, further cementing its position as a gateway to China for its international client base.
Qualified institutional clients are now able to trade mainland China bonds through Saxo Bank. The connectivity is enabled via the Hong Kong based Bond Connect mechanism, which is a mutual bond access programme launched in 2017, allowing overseas and Mainland China investors to trade in each other's bond markets. The launch of mainland China bonds further strengthens Saxo Bank’s unparalleled global multi-asset trading and investment platforms - available in more than 20 languages - which also gives unique access to China A-shares listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.
Saxo Bank is the first in the market to offer full digital access to mainland China bonds through the Bond Connect gateway via a simple ‘click to trade’ functionality. With options to invest in for example Chinese onshore government bonds and central bank paper, institutional clients get simple, efficient automated access to a market that has historically been complicated and cumbersome for foreign investors to access. The Chinese bond market is among the largest in the world with a size of $12 trillion, and Chinese bonds are increasingly added to global indices which makes Chinese Bonds relevant for international investors looking to build diversified portfolios.
This means that Saxo Bank’s clients will be able to access a market that is destined to see activity increase drastically as international investors come to understand the importance of the Chinese bond market, and Chinese government bonds in particular. In compliance with People’s Bank of China’s regulations, qualified institutional investors will have access to 127 China bonds with CNH as a settlement currency.
Commenting on the news, Fan Xu, CEO of Greater China, Saxo Bank, said:
“Chinese securities are an increasingly important part of an international investors’ portfolio, as demonstrated by record inflows into Chinese stocks in January this year, as well as strong international inflows into Chinese bonds in 2018. At the same time, Chinese government bonds emerged among the best-performing government bonds of 2018. We are therefore proud to be the first to deliver full digital access to Chinese bonds to help our clients build strong diversified investment portfolios.
“The addition of Chinese bonds to our platforms further cements our position as a gateway to China for international investors. As the importance of the Chinese economy to global capital markets continues to increase, we remain committed to providing clients with the broadest investment opportunities across asset classes.”
Saxo has a strong track record in the fixed income markets, having launched its digital bond trading solution in 2016, which is fully integrated into Saxo’s multi-asset trading and investment platforms. Saxo offers access to a universe of over 5,000 bonds, including more than 3,400 developed-market and over 1,600 emerging-market bonds. Each bond order is directed to an optimised dealer auction which is selected from up to 40 of the largest bond liquidity providers, ensuring higher speed of execution and tighter pricing.
Saxo Bank is a leading Fintech specialist and global multi-asset facilitator of capital markets products and services. Saxo enables private clients to trade more than 35,000 instruments from one single margin account.
Additionally, Saxo provides institutional clients such as banks and fintechs with Open Banking solutions from multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services to trading technology. Founded in 1992, Saxo Bank has embraced Open Banking from the beginning and is focused on helping clients and partners through win-win partnerships and product innovation.
Since launching its first online trading platform in 1998, Saxo Bank works to empower everyone to navigate their financial future by opening up access to trading and investment. The Saxo Group’s client assets total more than 45 billion euros, and the Group employs more than 2100 people in financial centres around the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich, Dubai and Tokyo.For more information, please visit www.home.saxo.