Launched in January last year through a private placement, HSBC said the fund was one of the first RMB bond products available in Hong Kong. By the end of January, the fund had grown to over RMB3.2bn (£320m, $508m) in size – the largest Securities and Futures Commission authorised RMB bond fund in the Hong Kong retail market.
The fund is managed by HSBC’s Asian fixed income team, which had more than US$28bn of bond assets under management at the end of September 2011, and aims to provide long term, stable returns by investing in offshore RMB-denominated bonds.
Bonnie Lam, managing director and head of wholesale business, Asia-Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management, said: “RMB investments are increasingly becoming an important part of the portfolios of Hong Kong retail investors.
“Given our capabilities in Asian fixed income and the China markets, HSBC Global Asset Management aims to be at the forefront of the RMB market, providing a wide range of top notch RMB products to its clients. As retail investors become more informed about the offshore RMB bond market, we are delighted to offer this product to a wider group of investors.”
The HSBC RMB Bond Fund, available in RMB, Hong Kong and US dollar share classes, is offered at HSBC branches. The minimum investment amount is RMB10,000, HK$10,000 or US$1,000.