Chinaâ€™s pension funds are about to become stock investors.
The countryâ€™s local retirement savings managers, which have about 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) for investment, are handing over some of their cash to the National Council for Social Security Fund, which will oversee their investments in securities including equities. The organization will start deploying the cash in the second half, according to China International Capital Corp. and CIMB Securities.
Chinese policy makers announced the change last year in a bid to boost yields for a pension system that has long suffered low returns by limiting its investments to deposits and government bonds. For the nationâ€™s equity markets — which are dominated by retail investors and among the worldâ€™s worst performers this year — the state fundâ€™s presence is even more valuable than its cash, said Hao Hong, chief China strategist at Bocom International Holdings Co.