A for effort: Martin Currie's China strategy

Chris Ruffle, head of Martin Currie''s China team, explains where to find hidden gems in China''s domestic stock market.

What's the background to investing in the mainland domestic A share market

Ruffle We're an Edinburgh-based fund company which has been investing in China since the early 1990s. In around 1994, I decided the companies offered on the domestic market offered greater private sector opportunities than the ones listed internationally or on the foreign currency B-share market. We finally started investing in A shares in 1997.

How did you get around the regulatory barriers at the time

We set up a swap agreement with a local broker. We deposited money offshore and the local broker paid us a return equivalent to the return...

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