Indices launched for China's Belt and Road initiative

China_indicesThe Belt and Road initiative, a project to spread China's influence abroad, now boasts two tailored economic indices. ICBC Standard Bank launched the indices in partnership with Oxford Economics to address a lack of a framework for comparing Belt and Road countries. “Belt and Road investors face the same informational challenge as all of our emerging market clients and it was critical for us to build a substantive, intuitive and transparent solution that directly addressed this problem,” said Gary Licht, director of trading, ICBC Standard Bank. The “economic health index” is based on 45 indicators and will be produced monthly. The “China connectivity index” is designed to assess the economic connections of Belt and Road countries to China and will be produced twice a year. The Belt and Road initiative involves more than 60 countries with a combined wealth worth nearly a third of global GDP. Based in the UK, ICBC Standard Bank was formed in 2015 when the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China acquired a majority stake in Standard Bank's Global Markets business. ©2017 funds global asia

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