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Emerging Markets Report: MSCI to add 222 China A shares in emerging-markets index

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MSCI will include China’s A shares in its Emerging Markets Index starting in June 2018, signaling a large-scale repositioning of some $1.6 trillion in funds tracking the MSCI EM index.

“This decision has broad support from international institutional investors with whom MSCI consulted, primarily as a result of the positive impact on the accessibility of the China A market of both the Stock Connect program and the loosening by the local Chinese stock exchanges of pre-approval requirements that can restrict the creation of index-linked investment vehicles globally,” MSCI said in a statement.

The move, which was widely anticipated, could trigger an inflow of as much as $210 billion into China’s equities over the next five years, according to Goldman Sachs.

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