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China Reduces Stamp Duty to Boost Investor Confidence Amid Real Estate Crisis and Economic Slowdown

The Chinese government has taken steps to enhance investor confidence in the midst of a real estate crisis and economic deceleration by cutting stamp duty.

China Reduces Stamp Duty to Boost Investor Confidence Amid Real Estate Crisis and Economic Slowdown

This decision, the first of its kind since April 2008, involves a reduction in the tax on stock trading, which was officially announced on August 27. The Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation jointly stated that the stamp duty on stock trades would be halved starting August 28, aiming to "invigorate the capital market and boost investor confidence."

The move follows recent declines in the value of shares on Chinese stock markets. Concerns have risen among investors regarding China's real estate turmoil and the nation's growth prospects. The stamp duty, which had previously stood at 0.1%, will see its first reduction since 2008 when it was lowered from 0.3% to 0.1%. This previous reduction in 2008 had resulted in a notable 9.3% surge in the Shanghai Composite Index, marking one of the most significant daily gains at the time.

Simultaneously, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the primary overseer of the financial trading sector, has introduced new measures to address the situation. Among these measures is a reduction in the minimum margin ratio for investors to purchase securities, which will shift from 100% to 80% effective after the market's closure on September 8.

The CSRC has also unveiled additional measures, including a deceleration in the pace of initial public offerings and limitations on the quantity and frequency of shares that shareholders of publicly-listed companies can sell on the stock market. These comprehensive actions underscore the Chinese government's commitment to stabilizing the capital market and restoring investor confidence during challenging economic circumstances.



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