2023 China Research Press Release
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2023 China Research Press Release

China International Capital Corp. and UBS achieve first place in the leaders table as this year’s top research providers for China

China International Capital Corp. and UBS achieve first place in the leaders table as this year’s top research providers for China

The Institutional Investor China Research survey (in partnership with Caixin) determines the best-in- class of sell-side research teams and provides valuable qualitative market feedback from market participants on optimising the provision, acquisition and consumption of Research Advisory services across China. Performance analysis on the data output allows in-depth comparative analytics which can be used for strategic business decision-making.

This year’s survey included 26 sectors allowing asset managers to recognise value at those firms that can combine research from several sectors and assist investment strategy that may not be specific to a single stock or market. The survey results reflect the opinion of 2,218 portfolio managers and analysts at 468 institutions; the top 500 buy-side institutions were invited to participate in the 2023 poll.

A volatile market in 2023 has been driving research demand under a backdrop of tight research budgets. Close client relationships and “trusted source” status becomes more important than ever before as demand for bespoke opinion prevails. Identifying the best-in-class research is an important process for decision-makers on the buy-side.

Results Highlights

For the second year, a Chinese broker, China International Capital Corp. joined international bank UBS in achieving joint first place in the Research AUM-weighted leaders table.

BofA Securities jumped up two ranks to reach third place, closely followed by Huatai Securities, then J.P. Morgan.

China International Capital Corp., Huatai Securities and UBS dominate the analyst AUM-weighted tables; China International Capital Corp. substantially leads the way with 81 total published positions. Huatai Securities and UBS rank in second and third place.

The most improved local brokers by sector

2023 marks the first year of determining the most improved Chinese brokers across the region, based on votes from voters in Mainland China.

Huatai clinch most improved local broker in seven sectors while Huaxi and TF Securities achieve most improved across four sectors.




Huaxi Securities

Autos & Auto Parts

Huatai Securities


Huatai Securities

Building Materials

GF Securities


Citic Securities

Consumer Discretionary

TF Securities

Consumer Staples

Huatai Securities


CMB International Securities

ESG Research

Changjiang Securities

Gaming, Lodging & Leisure

Huatai Securities

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

CMB International Securities


Minsheng Securities

Internet and Media

Huatai Securities

Metals & Mining

Huaxi Securities

Non-bank Finance

Huachuang Securities

Oil & Gas

Huaxi Securities

Public Utilities & Alternative Energy


Quantitative Research

TF Securities

Real Estate

Huatai Securities

Small & Midcap Stocks

Huaxi Securities


Minsheng Securities

Technology Hardware

Huatai Securities

Technology IT Services & Software

ICBC International Research


China Merchants Securities

Thematic Research

TF Securities

Transport, Aerospace & Logistics

TF Securities

Carvin Lee, Sales Director for Asia, II Research, says “The China Equity market continued to be challenged in 2023, but there are positive signs towards the end of the year as the Chinese central government stepped up its fiscal support, and the US and China are rebuilding ties. International investors have continued to show interest in the Chinese capital market with increased participation. We are grateful for the support from the investment community and I would also like to thank our partner Caixin for assisting us in conducting an objective and independent process.”

The results can be found here: www.institutionalinvestor.com/research.

Investment professionals from the buy-side were invited to vote during a four-week period; increasingly votes are submitted centrally from investment management firms to reflect their formal internal research evaluation processes. This has reduced the disruption to the industry and increased the accuracy of the final results.

The calculation of the results has been independently recalculated and agreed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Certified Public Accountants LLP, an independent third party.

For more information, contact Carvin Lee, Commercial Lead for Asia, II Research, on +852 2912 8035 or carvin.lee@iiresearch.com.

To share your position on your website content, advertisements, communications and marketing collateral, please contact marketing@iiresearch.com.

Media contact

Sally Savery, Director of Marketing, II Research. sally.savery@iiresearch.com.

About Institutional Investor

For 53 years Institutional Investor has consistently distinguished itself among the world’s foremost media companies with ground-breaking journalism and incisive writing that provides essential intelligence for a global audience. In addition, Institutional Investor offers highly-respected proprietary benchmark research and rankings. Institutional Investor Research provides independent sell-side and corporate performance research and rankings and aims to be the first-choice and independent validation source of qualitative market intelligence for all three sides of the investment community.

Institutional Investor Research has a global presence, spanning Developed Europe, Emerging EMEA, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.

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About Caixin

Adhering to professional journalistic standards and utilizing a strong editorial team, Caixin is an all-in- one media group dedicated to providing financial and business news, data and information. Its multiple platforms cover quality news and data in both Chinese and English and count some of China’s most influential people among its readership.


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