China Probes ‘Blind Box’ Funds Under Misleading Contract

By Rita Li
Rita Li
Rita Li
Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.
September 16, 2021 Updated: September 16, 2021

China is investigating “blind box” funds to ensure that investment uses are consistent with the contract terms, a national securities newspaper reported on Sept. 16.

Such funds, according to Xinhua-run China Securities Journal, are vaguely defined or have been misnamed, leading to investor losses—as money has been invested in sectors not set out in the fund agreement.

It happened when heavily indebted developer China Evergrande Group failed to repay retail investors in its high-yield financial products.

Investors found the money had “drifted” to another subsidiary of Evergrande that provides property services, rather than a biotechnology firm as per the contract—called “a shell company” by victims.

“This is a scam,” said a disgruntled investor at its headquarters in Shenzhen city on Sunday.

According to an analyst cited by the securities newspaper, the interest-oriented nature of the fund industry pushed fund managers to make short-sighted moves, claiming the industry system needs to be improved.

Rita Li
Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.