Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor - QFII

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor - QFII'

A program that permits certain licensed international investors to participate in China's mainland stock exchanges. The Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program was launched by the People's Republic of China in 2002 to allow foreign investors access to its stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Prior to QFII, foreign investors were not able to buy or sell shares on China's stock exchanges because of China's tight capital controls. With the launch of the QFII program, licensed investors can buy and sell yuan-denominated "A" shares. Foreign access to these shares is limited by specified quotas that determine the amount of money that the licensed foreign investors are permitted to invest in China's capital markets.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor - QFII'

As of April, 2012, the combined quota for the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program was set at U.S. $80 billion. The quotas are granted by SAFE - China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, and the quotas can be adjusted to reflect and respond to the country's economic and financial situation. Type of investments include listed stocks (excluding foreign-oriented, or "B" shares); Treasury bonds, corporate debentures and convertible bonds, and other financial instruments approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). To be approved as a licensed investor, certain qualifications must be met (qualifications are dependent upon the type of investor - such as fund management companies and insurance companies). For example, fund management companies are required to have a minimum of five years of experience in assets management and must have managed at least U.S. $5 billion in securities assets in the most recent accounting year. A specified amount of foreign currency, transferred and converted to local currency, is also required for approval.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SHZ) .SZ

    One of three stock exchanges in the People's Republic of China, ...
  2. Shanghai Stock Exchange

    The largest stock exchange in mainland China, the Shanghai Stock ...
  3. CNY

    In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the China Yuan Renminbi. ...
  4. China Securities Regulatory Commission ...

    The main securities regulatory body in China, which was created ...
  5. A-Shares

    Shares in mainland China-based companies that trade on Chinese ...
  6. Optimal Currency Area

    The geographic area in which a single currency would create the ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What risks does a Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) face?

    The term "foreign institutional investor" (FII) normally refers to large, non-Indian companies investing in Indian financial ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is the difference between a greenfield investment and a regular investment?

    A greenfield investment is a particular type of investment where an international company begins a new operation in a foreign ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the benefits for a company investing in a greenfield investment?

    Advantages of greenfield investments include increased control, the ability to form marketing partnerships and the avoidance ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Why did China designated certain territories as special administrative regions?

    The primary reason for the People's Republic of China designating two territories as special administrative regions, or SARs, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What emerging markets are best positioned to benefit from growth in the utilities ...

    Emerging market economies expected to benefit the most from growth in the utilities sector include China, India, Brazil and ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are some examples of a Foreign Institutional Investor (FII)?

    Foreign Institutional Investors A foreign institutional investor, or FII, is a hedge fund manager, pension fund manager, ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Forex Education

    Why China's Currency Tangos With The USD

    Investopedia explains: It takes two to tango, but unless both partners move in perfect cohesion, a sequence of graceful maneuvers can be reduced to a series of clumsy moves. The latter depiction ...
  2. Forex Education

    The Pros And Cons Of A Pegged Exchange Rate

    A pegged currency can give a country many advantages, but these advantages come at a price.
  3. Forex Education

    Currency Carry Trades 101

    This strategy can provide returns even if the currency pair doesn't move a cent.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: Vanguard International Stock

    Discover how the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF is managed, and learn which investors may find it suitable as part of a diversified portfolio.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in England

    Discover how beneficial ETFs are for investors looking for exposure to the English economy, and find information on three popular U.K. ETFs.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in France

    Discover how investors can use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to easily obtain exposure to equities of major companies domiciled in France.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Italy

    Find out about some of the exchange-traded funds that investors can utilize when they want to obtain exposure to the Italian equities market.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Scotland

    Learn about three of the best exchange-traded funds with exposure to Scotland, the British pound sterling and the rest of the United Kingdom.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Australia

    Learn about some of the best performing exchange-traded funds that investors use to obtain exposure to stock investments in Australia.
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Vietnam

    Explore some of the best available exchange-traded funds that investors utilize to obtain exposure to the equities market in Vietnam.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Topless Meeting

    A meeting in which participants are not allowed to use laptops. A topless meeting organizer can also ban the use of smartphones, ...
  2. Hedging Transaction

    A type of transaction that limits investment risk with the use of derivatives, such as options and futures contracts. Hedging ...
  3. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  4. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  5. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  6. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!