Where can I buy Chinese shares listed on the SSE (Shanghai Stock Exchange)?

A user has asked: I want to trade stocks on the SSE – where can I buy Chinese shares, please?

Answer: The emerging markets have always been an attractive proposition for investors looking for stocks with high growth potential. And China is the biggest emerging market of them all.

For more information on investing in emerging markets, read our guide to investing in emerging markets.

There are plenty of options for investing in China for UK based investors. It is possible to buy Chinese shares through some UK stockbrokers, but if you need a Chinese based broker Maybank was founded in China in 1993 and has an office in London.

Mainstream Chinese stocks are also available from UK stockbrokers in the form of ADS (American Depository Shares) which offer USD denominated versions of the foreign shares.

There are other ways to invest in China such as through ETFs like iShares MSCI China ETF which aims to track the investment results of an index composed of Chinese equities that are available to international investors. It contains over 600 companies with some of the larger companies being Alibaba, Tencent, Meituan Dianping, China Construction Bank and China Mobile. One issue with this ETF is that it is denominated in USD, so if you are investing GBP you will have to consider exposure to both the USD and the Renminbi.

One GBP Chinese ETF is the HSBC MSCI CHINA UCITS ETF which aims to replicate the performance of the MSCI China Index.

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