What debt and equity investors want from China

Global index providers are boosting China in their indices this year. However, China has more work to do to convince investors to stay.

Foreign investors are poised to play a bigger role in China’s equity and bond markets as global index providers gradually include more mainland securities in their benchmarks.

MSCI said in February that it is set to quadruple the weighting of Chinese stocks, known as A-shares, in its indices to 20% by November. This follows FTSE Russell's news that it will phase A-shares into its emerging index starting from June.

Similarly, on the fixed income side, Chinese renminbi-denominated government and policy bank bonds are to be phased in over 20 months into the widely-tracked Bloomberg-Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index starting April 1. No joke.

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