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China’s reduction of a stamp duty tax on stock trades, the country’s latest financial market reform effort, managed to help the CSI 300 Index rebound slightly on Monday. The gain was disappointing, however, as the reduction of the stamp tax is perceived as a relatively aggressive reform and hasn’t been employed since 2008. Chinese security regulators have recently cut margin financing requirements and implored firms to initiate share buyback programs.

Weakness in the Chinese economy and unresolved risks facing the country’s real estate industry continue to linger, suppressing interest from overseas investors who are now driving massive outflows from China’s equity markets. China’s 2023 GDP growth is widely expected to fall below the National People’s Congress target of 5.0%.

Related ETFs: iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI), Global X MSCI China Real Estate ETF (CHIR)

It was a disappointing Monday for equities in China, following the Chinese Ministry of Finance’s decision to cut the stamp duty tax on stock trading for the first time since April 2008. Reuters reported last week that this tax cut was likely to arrive imminently in a bid to restore vitality to sagging Chinese financial markets. The decision coincides with a China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) rule change, allowing stock exchanges in China to lower their margin financing requirements.

Bloomberg has recently highlighted additional efforts from regulators to bolster buying activity in China’s markets, which included a reduction in handling fees on stock transactions, encouraging mutual fund managers to increase purchases of their own equity funds, and suggestions that companies undertake more share buybacks. The CSRC will also block controlling shareholders from selling stock in listed companies that haven’t paid dividends in the past three years, or are trading below…

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