Market Extra: Here’s what investors need to know about MSCI’s inclusion of China A-shares in its indexes

In a landmark move, index provider MSCI will begin to include more than 230 Chinese stocks, known as A-shares, in its emerging market indexes on Friday.

A-shares are the stocks of Chinese companies incorporated on the mainland, quoted in renminbi, and listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The move should bring billions of dollars into the Chinese stock market as passive, index-tracking money managers and active fund managers competing against benchmark indexes readjust their holdings.

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Here’s what investors need to know:

What will happen?

MSCI will gradually include China’s A-shares in their benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets 891800, +0.74% All Country World Index 664204, -0.40% and China Index.

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