Common standards and regulations should be used when it comes to wealth management products sold by non-banking institutions, said a senior banking regulator. He forewarned that failing to do so will generate risks and cause a shock this year.

"Not only banks, but insurance and securities companies are also able to sell wealth management products, which raises great challenges for financial regulation," said Yan Qingmin, assistant chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Concerns were sparked over wealth management products as financial institutions have the autonomy to set interest rates.


Assets off balance sheets increase risks: Fitch Ratings

Furthermore, many of the assets and liabilities stay off the balance sheets, and this poses risks to the banking sector, according to Fitch Ratings.

Fitch also noted that non-state banks have been the main driving force behind recent issuance, a deviation from the past, and turnover is high with about 75% of products maturing within six months.

This heightens raises concerns about the bank’s liquidity.

The amount of outstanding wealth management products was at about CNY7.4trn ($1.1trn) in January, accounting for about 5% of the banking business, according to Wang Yanyou, director of the commission’s Business Innovation Regulatory and Collaboration Department.

The products issued last year generated an average yield of 4.1%, he added.