No. I’m not kidding. Big money (billions of dollars) usually is a good thing, but not easy if one wants to beat market return in a certain time. You can ask Charlie Munger (Berkshire’s vice chairman) and he will tell you Berkshire is going to make a (market+2%) annual return from now on, according to the Q&A of his latest annual conference. For reference, Berkshire (BRK.A) has beat S&P 500 by 10% compound-anually for last 40 years.
Now Mr. Lou Jiwei, head of China Invest Co., will manage a $200 b fund. He can buy half of Exxon Mobile or GE using that money. Or, if Warren agrees, Lou can buy the whole Berkshire.
QDIIs, China AMC, China South, and Havest will each have $3 to $4 billions. Today I heard Shanghai Intl Fund Management Co. 上投摩根 attracted CNY 100 b ($13.5 b) subscription for its QDII focus on Asia pacific. They are both having the problem of “starting big”. A problem nice to have, nonetheless it IS a problem. One thing for sure is QDII can not expect to get the return of their sister funds investing in domestic A share, many of which already got +100% year to date (YTD).