MSCI index adding China’s A-shares in Aug, USD 22.7 bln foreign funds expected
Aug 09, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Global index compiler MSCI has confirmed the increase in the weighting of China's large-cap A-shares in its global benchmarks is due to bring into effect in August. The inclusion factor of more than 200 large-cap A-shares will be raised from 10% to 15% as part of MSCI's quarterly index review.
It is expected that the A-share market's weighting in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index will be lifted from the current 1.76% to more than 2.1%. According to the China International Capital's estimation, the weighting increase in August may usher in USD 22.7 bln worth of foreign capital inflow into China's A-share market.
The MSCI China A Inclusion Index is designed to track the progressive partial inclusion of A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over time. Currently, the Index includes the large-cap A-shares. When the further inclusion of A-shares to the regional index completes, the newly eligible A-shares will be added. The Index will be able to reflect those A-shares compatible with Hong Kong Stock Connect and based on the offshore RMB exchange rate.
MSCI's plan to increase A-shares' weighting in its benchmarks is divided into three steps. According to MSCI, the index provider started to partially include China large-cap A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index on May 31, 2018. Under the current partial inclusion plan, China A-shares will weight 5% this year. In the event of full inclusion, China equities would exceed 40% of the MSCI Emerging Market Index.
The chief strategist with Shenzhen-based China Merchants Securities Zhang Xia estimates that USD 3.6 billion worth of passively-managed overseas funds tracking the index will flow into the A-share market during trading on Aug 27.
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