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Business and Market Discussion / View from Japan

2022-07-05

Business and Market Discussion / View from Japan

2022-07-05
 A Covid-19 outbreak is spreading in eastern China. The mainland’s National Health Commission China reported Monday 380 new Covid-19 cases for July 3, following 385 the previous day. 287 cases were reported in Anhui province, where two counties are in lockdown and mass testing is taking place. There were also 56 cases from neighbouring Jiangsu province, which is the second biggest contributor to China’s economic output and a crucial global manufacturing hub for the solar sector. 


India’s trade gap also hit a record high in June because of the rising cost of imports. The deficit rose to US$25.6 billion in June, from US$24.3 billion in May, preliminary data released by the Commerce Ministry showed Monday. Imports jumped 51% in June from a year ago, while exports rose 16.8%. India imports about 85% of its annual oil requirements.


Financial regulators in Hong Kong and on the mainland jointly announced on Monday that they are working to develop a new mutual market access programme that would enable offshore investors to execute interest rate derivatives transactions with onshore investors in the mainland. In a joint statement, the regulators said the programme, Swap Connect, would be an effective way for offshore investors to manage interest rate risks arising from investments in the mainland bond market. 


ETF Connect launched Monday providing Hong Kong investors with access to 83 China-based ETFs with a value of around 600 billion yuan (US$90bn). It also gives onshore traders access to four Hong Kong-based ETFs, including the Tracker Fund. 


On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Kenny Wen from KGI Asia and William Ma from GROW Investment Group. With a view from Japan is Nick Smith at CLSA. 

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