A state-run Chinese bank has launched the country’s first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund, saying the Indian market offers the best opportunity for Chinese investors due to the prospects of double-digit growth. The move, regarded as significant by observers to boost investments in India, comes just about a fortnight after the first ever informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan.
The fund, named the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Credit Suisse India Market Fund, will “invest in exchange-traded funds listed on more than 20 exchanges in Europe and the U.S. that are based on the Indian market”. The fund will invest in the future of the Indian economy and track the distribution of the industrial structure across the Indian market.
As the most important emerging market overseas, the Indian stock market’s long-term trend must be positive. For Chinese investors, the current moment offers the best opportunity to get started in Indian stocks. If estimated by purchasing power parity, India’s GDP is already close to seven per cent of the world. The situation is similar to China when it started to rise a decade ago.
The bank listed sectors for investments specifically, in terms of the major industries weighted distribution of the index. The financial industry will account for the highest proportion, followed by information technology, alternative consumption, energy, essential consumption, raw materials, medicine, healthcare and other industries.