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UBS Asset Management launches China A shares ETF


UBS Asset Management (UBS AM) has launched its UBS ETF (IE) MSCI China A SF UCITS ETF to provide investors with efficient access to the onshore Chinese equity market.The fund will seek to replicate the MSCI China A Index. Designed for international investors, it captures large and mid-cap representation across Chinese securities listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges. The index is calculated using China A Stock Connect listings based on the offshore RMB exchange rate. Since its foundation in November 2008, it has returned an annualised 7.33 per cent.

Following major economic reforms, MSCI started a process to increase the weighting of China A shares in its indices, and the November 2019 semi-annual index rebalance upped the representation of these assets to 4 per cent of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The MSCI China A Index dynamically tracks this inclusion, which better reflects investment opportunities in mainland China while meeting investment restrictions for foreign investors.
Over the years, UBS Asset Management has built extensive local expertise in China, which allows it to stay at the forefront of market developments. By launching this ETF, UBS AM provides investors with easy access to the mainland China market to diversify their portfolios and to flexibly increase their exposure to these assets.
Andrew Walsh, Head of ETF & Passive Specialists – UK & Ireland, UBS Asset Management, says: “China’s significant role in the global economy means allocations to the country are no longer a niche investing approach. Given its weight, we believe China should be treated as a standalone allocation of its own. Therefore, access to Chinese equities is of significant value to ETF investors seeking to augment and diversify their portfolios into a critical source of potential growth.”

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