MSCI has taken the next step towards inclusion of the A-shares market in its Emerging Markets index with the launch of 12 China indices.
In June last year, MSCI made the decision to include China's A-shares into its emerging markets and ACWI indices starting June 2018.
As a result, MSCI is expanding its China index offering to prepare global investors for the next step of the A-share inclusion process
The China A indices launched will follow the MSCI Global Investable Markets Indexes Methodology and include the Stock Connect eligibility constraints for large-cap and mid-cap companies.
Theodore Niggli, head of APAC index products at MSCI, said: "We are proud to announce the launch of this new suite of China indices.
"With the increased liberalisation and internationalisation of the China market, investors have expressed a clear need for more insight and tools to make better informed investment decisions.
"MSCI is committed to providing a full suite of innovative products, including Indexes, risk models and ESG ratings to assist in this area."
The 12 indices are:
• MSCI China A index
• MSCI China A Large Cap index
• MSCI China A Mid Cap index
• MSCI China A RMB index
• MSCI China A Large Cap RMB index
• MSCI China A Mid Cap RMB index
• MSCI China All Shares Large Cap index
• MSCI China All Shares Mid Cap index
• MSCI China All Shares SMID Cap index
• MSCI China A International Large Cap index
• MSCI China A International Mid Cap index
• MSCI China A International Smid Cap index
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