Location of trade, ownership restrictions, and market illiquidity: Examining Chinese A- and H-shares

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We examine Chinese companies that issue both A-shares in mainland China and H-shares in Hong Kong. A-shares are restricted to mainland Chinese investors, while H-shares are available to Hong Kong and international investors. We find that H-shares exhibit significant exposure to Hong Kong market factors and behave more like Hong Kong stocks than mainland Chinese stocks. However, H-shares retain significant exposure to their domestic market and therefore provide foreign investors with diversification opportunities. We find a large time-varying H-share price discount relative to A-shares, and this discount is highly correlated with domestic and foreign market factors and relative market illiquidity. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Wang, S. S., & Jiang, L. (2004). Location of trade, ownership restrictions, and market illiquidity: Examining Chinese A- and H-shares. Journal of Banking and Finance, 28(6), 1273–1297. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-4266(03)00119-5

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