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A-shares to join FTSE Russell benchmarks

Shanghai Stock ExchangeIndex compiler FTSE Russell has followed the example of MSCI and vowed to add Chinese mainland-listed equities, known as A-shares, to its global benchmarks. The stocks will join the FTSE Global Equity Index Series in three phases starting in June 2019. MSCI began the inclusion of A-shares in its Emerging Markets index in June of this year. “This inclusion is a further concrete step in the ongoing integration of the Chinese stock market into the global financial system,” said Danny Dolan, managing director of China Post Global. “Together with the highly anticipated Shanghai-London Stock Connect, which is likely to start trading by the end of the year, and the existing Hong Kong Stock Connect programme, the inclusion of A-shares in the FTSE Russell benchmarks will step up foreign investment into China.” “This is not surprising,” added Nicholas Yeo, head of China equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments. “The inclusion of more Chinese companies in global indices is welcome as it will help raise the profile of A-shares among international investors and diversify global portfolios.” ©2018 funds global asia

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