Abstract : With per capita disposable income growing steadily over the years, China has pledged in its development plans to increase urban and rural residents' property income through multiple channels.
BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) — With per capita disposable income
growing steadily over the years, China has pledged in its development
plans to increase urban and rural residents’ property income through
Property income was reiterated in China’s Outline of the 14th
Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development
and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035. It refers to
earnings from bank deposits, securities, and other personal or family
The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2007,
for the first time, stressed efforts to create conditions to enable more
citizens to have property income. It has since played an ever-more
important role in Chinese people’s disposable income.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that China’s net
property income per capita reached 2,619 yuan (about 403.1 U.S. dollars)
in 2019, up from 1,423 yuan in 2013. The proportion of net property
income in disposable income also rose from 7.7 percent to 8.5 percent in
Given the increasing income amid the economy’s growing momentum,
investment and wealth management are gaining popularity among Chinese as
the proportion of people purchasing related products continues to grow.
A report from China International Capital Corporation Limited, an
investment bank, projected that Chinese people, through decades of
wealth accumulation, have entered a stage where they accelerate the
allocation of financial assets. Under the circumstances, China is
seeking more approaches for its people to increase their income through
such money management.
As a significant property income source, the financial market will
likely play a bigger role in the country’s plan to increase its people’s
In the mentioned outline, China announced that it would create “more
financial products that suit the demand for family wealth management.”
“China has abundant wealth-management products, but some demands
remain unsatisfied if we examine the structure of these products,” said
Zeng Gang, deputy director of the National Institution for Finance and
Development. He stressed the diversity of wealth-management demands.
Considering China’s aging population, demand for wealth-management
products related to elderly care is becoming more robust, Zeng said,
adding that such products will be a priority in future development.
The country has meanwhile made continued efforts to toughen financial
market guidance and regulations. It benefits the developers of
financial products with fairer market rules, more transparent
information disclosure, and a stricter crackdown on illicit behavior.
A case in point is China’s decision at last December’s tone-setting
Central Economic Work Conference that financial innovation must happen
under prudent supervision to prevent disorderly capital expansion.
A prosperous and healthy financial market will create a fairer
environment. Financial institutions, such as banks’ money management
subsidiaries and operators of public offering funds, can thus improve
themselves to meet different wealth-management demands and provide
better services for investors, Zeng said.
By the end of February, the number of investors in China’s securities market reached around 181.48 million.
Considering such a large group, listed firms’ dividend systems have
become a focus of China’s policy-making process for increasing property
Before the newly-released outline, which urges improvements on the
dividend system for listed companies, China has made milestone progress
in recent years to increase the number of listed firms’ dividends. It is
the result of tightened regulations and listed firms’ growing awareness
of giving investors more yields.
Last year, China’s listed firms issued cash dividends of 1.4 trillion
yuan, up from 1.36 trillion yuan in 2019. Their aggregate cash
dividends topped 10 trillion yuan.
Chen Shaoxia, general manager of a Jiangsu-based investment company,
said the growing amount of dividends in China’s A-share market reflects
the progress of the country’s capital market reform on the registration
and delisting system.
To further optimize the profit-sharing system, persistent efforts
should go into improving the quality of listed companies and advancing
reforms to ensure investors in the securities market have a stronger
sense of gain, Chen added. Enditem
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Source: Economic Watch: China seeks ways to increase people’s property income