MSCI releases China megatrend indexes

Indices board 1Benchmarking firm MSCI has launched a number of China thematic indexes focused on long-term structural changes in the country. There are 20 indexes in all which cover three so-called “megatrends”: transformative technologies, society and lifestyle, and environment and resources. According to Stephane Mattatia, global head of derivatives licensing and thematic indexes at MSCI, the structural trends have “significant growth potential and are increasingly important drivers of earnings and equity returns”. China is expected to lead world growth rates in 2021 and is also forecast to contribute 19% of global GDP by 2024, according to the OECD and IMF respectively. The launch of the new indexes also comes weeks after China announced its 14th Five-Year Plan which is focused on key megatrends driving domestic growth, and has driven investor demand for exposure to these trends, according to MSCI. © 2021 funds global asia

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