BEIJING Dante Pettis 49ers Jersey , Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's greenlighting of its pension fund to invest in the stock market failed to lift share prices on Monday, but economists expect the move to make trading less volatile in the long run.
The State Council finalized guidelines on investment of the country's huge pension fund on Sunday, effectively clearing the path for billions of dollars of investment in the country's ailing stock market.
The move came earlier than expected and with the obvious purpose of shoring up investors' confidence and stabilizing the market, said Ren Zeping, an analyst with Guotai Junan Securities.
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China's stock market tumbled more than 11 percent last week, following the release of weak economic data. It continued to spiral downward on Monday, diving 8.49 percent in the sharpest fall since 2007.
Under the new guidelines, up to 30 percent of the pension fund's net assets can be invested in stocks and equities. The fund has assets of around 2 trillion yuan (326.8 billion U.S. dollars) that could be invested, meaning up to 600 billion yuan could theoretically go into the stock markets.
That would be equivalent to around 1 percent of the total market value of Chinese shares currently.
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While institutional investors dominate mature stock markets, 99 percent of stock investors in China are individuals. These mom-and-pop investors tend to speculate and sell and buy more frequently to earn quick money, making the Chinese stock market more volatile than those in developed countries.
Chinese shares have been on a roller-coaster ride this year, rising by nearly 60 percent from the beginning of the year to a peak in June before free falls from mid-June to early July wiped off most of its gains this year.
The introduction of the pension fund into the market will significantly increase the role of institutional investors and support a healthy capital market, said Zheng Bingwen Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers Jersey , a social security specialist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
With low risk appetite and abundant liquidity, pension funds tend to hold stocks longer for future returns and will effectively counter speculation and reduce volatility, Zheng explained.
Unlike in China, pension funds act as a cornerstone for value investing in many developed countries. In the United States, Zheng said Jerry Rice 49ers Jersey , pension funds account for 60 percent of the country's capital market value.
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