BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- China's interbank bond market hailed 12 new foreign institutional investors in April, reported Xinhua Finance, a financial news platform run by Xinhua News Agency.
The report cited a brief financial market transaction report released by Shanghai Head Office of Chinese central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) on May 15 as saying, highlighting that the brief monthly report hereof, authorized by PBOC, will publicize data on transactions of foreign institutional investors on the country's interbank bond market since April.
By the end of April, foreign institutional investors that transacted bonds on the interbank bond market totaled 820 ones, with 533 of them having entered the market via the Bond Connect program, 448 of them via direct inward investment channels and 161 of them by ways of both of the two channels.
They held 2.31 trillion yuan of bonds on China's interbank bond market, taking up 2.5 percent of the outstanding bonds under custody on the interbank bond market by the end of April and adding 50.399 billion yuan over the end of March.
Their under-custody bond holdings on the interbank bond market consisted mainly of Chinese government bonds and policy finance bonds, which stood at 1.39 trillion yuan and 536.095 billion yuan respectively and accounted for 60.3 percent and 23.2 percent of their aggregate holdings.
In April, their cash bond turnover on interbank bond market reached 784.686 billion yuan, with daily average at 37.366 billion yuan. They purchased 463.216 billion yuan of bonds and sold 321.471 billion yuan of bonds, with net purchase at 141.745 billion yuan, up 141.499 billion yuan over the end of March.
Bond Connect launched in July 2017, is a program between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong allowing investors to trade bonds on each other's interbank bond markets. (Edited by Duan Jing with Xinhua Silk Road, email@example.com)