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China Eases Investment Rules for Insurers in Bid to Boost Flows Into Stocks

November 1, 2023

China has taken a move that effectively allows insurance firms to make longer-term investment in shares, adding to a drumbeat of support measures to revitalize the country’s stock market.

The Ministry of Finance will from now on evaluate insurers’ return on net assets based on a combination of a three-year cycle and a one-year time frame, instead of just the latter previously, it said in a notice released Monday. The ministry said the change, effective immediately, is aimed at guiding long-term capital to play a stronger role of market “stabilizer”.

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