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The Alpha and Beta of Chinese Equities

This series of papers will introduce you to the key questions related to the current investment environment in Chinese equities: ‘Why invest in China?’, ‘How can an active manager add value in Chinese equities?’, and ‘What are the implications for investors of the evolving Chinese equity market structure?’.

Mainland Chinese equities, as opposed to the ‘offshore’ listings easily accessed by international investors in Hong Kong, offer additional exciting opportunities to disciplined bottom-up stockpickers. The lower correlation of the A-share market to the global equity market should also allow for a more ‘efficient’ portfolio – i.e. one with a better risk-return profile. We believe that taking an ‘all-China’ approach gives investors the widest possible access to companies that stand to benefit from China’s robust economic growth.


Paper One

Why China now? Why make a dedicated allocation to China

  • We believe MSCI’s decision to include China A-shares in its Emerging Markets & ACWI indices is a significant event for long-term investors 
  • As well as offering superior long-term earnings growth potential, Chinese equities trade at a discounted valuation to developed markets
  • We recommend  investors take an all-China approach to benefit from the full opportunity set
  • We believe there is a window for savvy, patient investors to access the opportunity by building a position now

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Paper Two

Why China now? The beta argument

  • Economic growth is shifting from investment-heavy industries to more sustainable and shareholder friendly, consumer-oriented areas
  • Old economy growth rates have started to recover & innovative products and services give new economy companies a cutting edge
  • The Chinese government has taken proactive steps to address overcapacity and lower the cost of servicing debt
  • We believe that Chinese equities offer a compelling investment opportunity for disciplined stock pickers

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Paper Three

Generating ‘alpha’ in China: A 4Factor perspective

  • The Chinese A-share market is inefficient due to the domination of retail investors, poor quality data and inefficient capital allocation
  • The 4FactorTM process has worked well in China as evidenced by the strong alpha generation exhibited by the All China Equity Strategy over the last three years
  • Both the screen and the specialist China team have generated alpha

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Summary Paper

The alpha and beta of Chinese equities

  • Mainland Chinese A-shares offer exciting opportunities to disciplined bottom-up stock pickers
  • The lower correlation of the A-share market to the global equity market should allow for a more efficient portfolio
  • We believe taking an all-China approach gives investors the widest possible access to companies that stand to benefit from China’s robust economic growth

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