Hobbled by the local healthcare system crisis, which has, in the blink of an eye, spiraled into a planetwide economic disaster, the first quarter of 2020 will indeed go down in the history books. In China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, this calamity has had a severe impact on the implementation of the national development strategy. However, some of the mainland’s long-lasting projects have not been affected deeply by the abrupt downturn. The financial sector’s opening-up is, apparently, among them.
The Shanghai Stock Exchange Sci-Tech Innovation Board, or simply the Star Market, is one of the most ambitious projects under China’s economic reform course. The Asian nation’s answer to Nasdaq, the board was designed to draw together and finance the country’s fast-growing technology-driven enterprises and lay a foundation for a healthy financial system, improving the regulatory mechanism.
Many novelties appeared with the venue. Previously, it normally took Chinese companies two to three years, a vast stock of patience and a tiny bit of luck to successfully go public locally. The new vetting system has shrunk the review process to just a few months. At the same time, the tech startups experienced a huge relief from the specific terms of the listing standards.
EqualOcean dissected most of the fundamental traits of the new trading platform in the research report ‘China’s ‘Star Market’: A New Engine for the Budding Tech Sector.’ In ‘The Star Market Overview 4Q 2019,’ which was published in January 2020, we attempted to analyze the marketplace ‘at runtime,’ focusing on both the technical and fundamental aspects.
In this, our second quarterly report, we zero in on the same areas, adding several new metrics in the first chapter and updating the regulatory environment outlook in the second.