In 2016, affected by recessionary investment climate of the Chinese market, traditional brokerage income of securities traders decreased sharply. However, securities companies constantly set up offline business outlets, presenting a rapid increase compared to 2015. Founder Securities has over 295 sales departments, exceeding Haitong Securities, which had the most sales department last year. Founder Securities became the one with the largest number of sales department.
With the development of the Chinese securities market, securities companies are trying to expand financial channels, enhance capital strength, improve business operation and efficiency to compete for market resources through share listings. In this way, securities companies gain room for survival. Additionally, it is conducive to the balanced development of the financial market in China.
In 2016, 6 listed securities traders went public in China. Huaan Securities and First Capital Securities are A-share listed companies; Oriental Securities, Everbright Securities, China Merchants Securities and CITI China Securities were listed on the Hong Kong stock market. The year 2016 witnessed the largest number of IPOs of Chinese securities companies on H-share market.
Since 2010, China Securities Regulatory Commission has issued a series of policies to loosen the regulations on the securities industry and deepen the reform on the capital market. On May 8th, 2014, the State Council published Opinions of the State Council on Further Promoting the Health Development of the Capital Market (No. 50  of the State Council). It regulated to develop an integrated stock market, develop and standardize the bond market, foster the private market, promote the establishment of the futures market, improve the competitiveness of the securities and futures industry, expand the opening of capital market, enhance the reform on registering system, prevent and reduce financial risks and create a good environment for the development of capital markets.