Chinese Equities

abrdn - your experienced sustainability partner in China

Risk warning

The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.

Thirty years' investing in China
We’ve been investing in Chinese equities since 1992. During this time, we’ve built a large and highly experienced team of investors, many of whom are based in Asia. This includes 14 mandarin-speaking equity experts located in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. Their local knowhow, company access and fundamental research provide invaluable on-the-ground insights. In our view, this gives us an edge in what can be a complex and hard-to-navigate market.
Seeking to drive positive changes
For over three decades, understanding ESG risks and opportunities has been an intrinsic part of our research process. Through constructive engagement with companies, we have built long-term and in-depth relationships. Our goal is to help them achieve their potential and make them better investments for our clients. We’ve also created the abrdn Asia Pacific Sustainability Institute – a centre of excellence and innovation dedicated to all aspects of sustainable investing.
Unlocking China's true potential
The China opportunity is vast – there are more than 5,000 companies listed both onshore and offshore. We believe our 30 years of experience in China and first-hand insights mean we are ideally placed to connect our clients to this huge market. By focusing on high-quality, well-governed companies we also seek to reduce investment risk. Our China A Share Sustainable Equity and All China Sustainable Equity strategies exemplify our approach.

Our ESG approach to equity investing

We believe that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are financially material and can impact a company’s performance – either positively or negatively. Understanding ESG risks and opportunities, alongside other financial metrics, is therefore an intrinsic part of our research process.

We actively engage with the companies in which we invest, sharing insights and encouraging best practice where possible. We combine information from these meetings with the insights of our investment managers, ESG equity analysts and central ESG Investment team. This comprehensive approach means we can build a richer, more holistic view of each company. It also means we can consistently evaluate one company against another.

This approach is all part of our responsible stewardship of our clients’ assets – helping us mitigate risks, unlock opportunities and enhance long-term returns.

Sustainable investing

What we invest in today will determine the world we live in tomorrow.

Read our Research
Why should you care about Chinese onshore equities? How do you invest? Is investing in so-called ‘A-shares’ worth the risks? China’s Local Equity Market: ‘…How and Where and Who’, a companion piece to China’s Bond Market: ‘What and Why and When…’, seeks to answer these questions.

We look at what the A-share market is, who the players are and the factors that drive the market. We show how foreign investor access has improved over the years. We also examine the risks that demand an active investment strategy based on rigorous research.

For investors looking for a deeper understanding, we employ our proprietary analytical framework to generate a 10-year outlook for investment returns. We also dig deeper into the small but important improvements in corporate governance. These show how efforts to make this market more professional are bearing fruit.

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