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China opens bond market to individual investors

Updated: Feb 15,2016 7:55 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s central bank allowed individual investors to purchase all types of bonds over bank counters on Feb 14.

Individuals with annual income of more than 500,000 yuan ($76,500), 3 million yuan of financial assets and over two years of securities investment experience can now buy any bonds they like over the counter, according to a regulation released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

Previously, only certificate treasury bonds were available to individuals.

The new policy aims to boost the bond market and direct financing, the PBOC said.

China’s bond market boomed in 2015 thanks to government moves to diversify corporate financing channels. Around 22.3 trillion yuan of new bonds were issued last year, almost double the sum in 2014.