Exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer investors the opportunity to gain access to China’s rapidly growing economy, but the country has kept its A-shares marketplace closed off to U.S. investors. Until now.

Van Eck Global has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch 11 new ETFs that will hold A-shares from the Shenzen and Shanghai stock exchanges, as compared to other China ETF options that trade in Hong Kong (H-shares) or B-shares, reports Murray Coleman for Barron’s. The suite of ETFs will include an all-cap China fund, a small-cap fund and nine sector-related ETFs.

The 11 new funds will be in addition to last week’s launch of the first U.S. ETF with exposure to China’s A-Shares, the Market Vectors China (NYSEArca: PEK). [First China A-Shares ETF Launches.]

A-shares are issued by companies that have been incorporated in the mainland of China, which trade on the Chinese stock markets, according to China Stock Digest. These A-shares have experienced high growth as a result of the slow removal of restrictions placed on the A-shares for foreign investors and a steadily expanding Chinese economy.

Chinese companies offer A-shares and B-shares, and the only difference between the two is that A-shares are denominated in the Chinese renminbi, whereas B-shares are quoted in foreign currencies. Before the Van Eck’s entry into this market, A-shares were only available to institutional investors and residents.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

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