China Facts: Small steps to include selected stocks in benchmarks



Outsiders own less than 2% of China's shares and bonds, far below the levels of foreign ownership seen in other markets. MSCI announced on June 20th that it will bring Chinese equities into two of its benchmarks, one that covers emerging markets; and another that follows stock around the world. To begin with, it will include a small number of shares, just 222 of the more than 3,000 listed in China*). Because MSCI is giving Chinese stocks a limited weighting (0.73% of its emerging-markets index) the resulting cash inflows could add up to only about $10bn next year, equivalent to less than one hour of trading in China's frenetic markets. Yet the weighting is likely to increase in the coming years. China account for 15% of global GDP. Its stock market is the world's second-biggest**)    




*) the Economist 24th June 2017

**) the Economist 8th April 2017











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