The Evolving Case for Standalone Allocation of Chinese Equities
July 1, 2020
Even though China is the world’s second-largest economy based on both GDP and market capitalization, due to MSCI’s inclusion rules China is only the fourth largest country weight in the All Country World Index (ACWI). So, why add an allocation now? With its burgeoning middle class and high growth trajectory, the increasing diversity and maturation of its financial markets, and the uniqueness of its risk profile compared to other emerging markets countries, our view is that China is poised for strong returns despite the noise around the trade war with the United States, slowing domestic economic growth, a weakening currency, and concern around the coronavirus. We believe that the time has come for China to be broken out of emerging markets equity and have its own allocation.