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Two ETFs tracking the FTSE China A50 Index have reached major milestones – the iShares FTSE A50 China Index ETF, has reached USD10bn (USD) of assets under management (AUM) on its tenth anniversary.  

Similarly the CSOP FTSE China A50 ETF now has over USD5bn (USD) AUM linked to the index, as at 5 December.
 
With the IMF recently announcing that China has overtaken the USA to claim the title of the world’s largest economy, FTSE has continued to support market participants’ ever-increasing demand for access to the country. With a strong track record of developing China-focused benchmarks, FTSE offers a range of products for global and domestic participants. In November 2014, ETF AUM tracking FTSE China Index Series reached over USD24bn for the first time.
 
Jessie Pak, Managing Director, Asia, FTSE Group, say: “FTSE is pleased that the China A50 Index continues to be seen by market participants as the leading benchmark in the region. FTSE is a long established participant in China’s fast growing economy and is committed to continuing to innovate and develop new products, tools and services to its clients in the region and across the world. ”
 
The FTSE China A50 Index represents the 50 largest A-shares companies by full market capitalisation, and is a tool used by both domestic and international investors in a range of QFII/RQFII investment portfolios. The FTSE China Index Series reflects FTSE’s transparent methodology, which includes free float adjustment and liquidity screens and is managed in accordance with a clear and transparent set of index rules. More information on the FTSE China Index Series could be found on: http://www.ftse.com/products/indices/china
 
China A-shares are not currently included in FTSE’s standard global benchmarks. The region has been on FTSE’s Watch List since 2005 and FTSE’s Country Classification Committee has been able to monitor the gradual and positive market developments with respect to a number of key areas of FTSE’s Quality of Markets Matrix.
 
A formal review of the status and eligibility of A-shares for FTSE’s China indices will be held as part of the annual country classification review, which takes place every September. FTSE will provide the market with a formal interim update in March 2015, and the next annual review of the FTSE Watch List markets will take place in September 2015.

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