China A-Share Premium
Restrictions on foreign and local investment that prevent arbitrage with H shares helped make mainland equities more expensive.
It is pretty odd that there is such a large premium that local Chinese investors must pay to own stocks in the same companies available to foreign investors. There has been a discount on the Hong Kong shares (H-shares), of maybe 20-30%, for years. But it seems that either the H-shares are cheap or the Chinese shares are too expensive (or maybe a little of both). I am positive on the outlook for China both in the short and long term. Though investments there do have substantial risks (as they do anywhere). I would imagine this premium for Chinese (A-shares) should also largely disappear over the next decade as the market is allowed to become one (and at least allow arbitrage between to the two markets to reduce the premium).
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