New rules could see change for Chinese investors

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SHANGHAI Retired Shanghai truck driver Shen Xipei shunned risky stocks and low-yielding deposits and instead put his life savings into a wealth management product (WMP) sold - and guaranteed - by a bank.

But soon investors like Mr Shen may start switching to other assets after Beijing published draft guidelines on Nov 17 banning financial institutions from guaranteeing investors against losses.

A move away from bank WMPs by Chinese investors, would likely trigger a seismic shift in China's asset management industry, with the new rules apparently favouring transparent mutual fund products.