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Accessing PRC commodity futures from offshore - benefits of the proposed revisions to the QFII and RQFII programmes

The changes proposed by the CSRC to the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) and RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) programmes, if fully implemented, will allow qualified offshore investors to invest in PRC commodity futures, in addition to PRC securities and bonds, for the first time. This will give customers of qualified investors access to a new asset class (commodity futures) and will give commodity market participants the ability to access PRC commodity futures markets without the need to establish a local PRC entity. Whether this route gives access to all PRC commodity futures or just those that are already accessible from offshore (i.e., iron ore, crude oil and purified terephthalic acid futures) will depend on the decisions of the respective PRC commodity futures exchanges and the consent of the CSRC.

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