Dutch asset manager Robeco has introduced a new equities fund to offer European investors access to the Chinese economy.

The new UCITS-compliant fund, dubbed Robeco Chinese A-share Equities, will hold 30-50 stocks from the Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share markets. The vehicle will make use of the MSCI China A International Index as a reference index.

The fund will consider multiple macro investment themes such as demographic, economic and social developments in China and incorporates a quantitative model integrated with fundamental research.

“This quantitative model uses a unique approach, enabling the portfolio manager to analyze earnings and price momentum more accurately,” the Dutch firm stated.

The vehicle is currently registered in Luxembourg and will be available to other European markets based on investors’ demand.

It will be managed by Robeco’s Hong Kong unit, while Robeco’s Shanghai branch will offer advice on its investment strategy.

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Robeco Chinese A-share Equities CIO China and portfolio manager Victoria Mio said: “The China A-share market is the second largest market after the US. It also has one of the lowest correlations with its global peers and therefore offers a useful tool for improving portfolio diversification. The launch of Robeco Chinese A-share Equities highlights our pioneering approach to this market.”