(Yicai Global) March 14 -- Global index provider MSCI announced on Wednesday that it has introduced 12 new indexes to expand the coverage of its China Index products and prepare for the inclusion of the country's A-shares.
"We are proud to announce the launch of this new suite of China Indexes. With the increased liberalization and internationalization of the Chinese market, investors have expressed a clear need more insightful 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," said Theodore Niggli, head of the MSCI Index Business in Asia Pacific.
MSCI will introduce some large-cap Chinese A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets index and MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) on June 20, it announced. After these officially activate on June 1, MSCI China-related indexes will encompass all Chinese-listed companies worldwide.
The new MSCI China A Indexes will no longer be confined to the previous large-cap Chinese A-shares. Mid-cap listed companies will also be fully covered in MSCI China A Mid Cap Index and follow MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes Methodology and Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect eligibility criteria limits.