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Stock reform allows investors up to 20 accounts

Updated: Apr 13,2015 7:49 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Investors will no longer be restricted to only one stock account in China’s A-share market and each can have up to 20 accounts from April 13, the managing institution for stock accounts said on April 12.

The China Securities Depositary and Clearing Co., Ltd. (CSDC) will introduce more such reforms to encourage investment, said CSDC chairman Zhou Ming.

The reform means investors no longer face complicated procedures if they want to transfer their accounts to other brokerage firms. All they need to do is to open new accounts with other firms and the information will be transferred under a new system launched by the CSDC in October.

Dong Dengxin, head of the finance and securities research institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, said this will bring about competition on commission fees as investors will choose brokers with low fees.

The stock market was bearish for about five years until late 2014. With ample liquidity and strong confidence in the economy, Shanghai stocks shot up to 4,000 on April 8, the highest in nearly seven years.