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DWS expands Xtrackers range with ESG screened ETF on China’s domestic equity market

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The Xtrackers MSCI China A ESG Screened Swap UCITS ETF has been listed on the Deutsche Börse and the London Stock Exchange. Listings on other European exchanges are planned.

 

The Xtrackers MSCI China A ESG Screened Swap UCITS ETF has been listed on the Deutsche Börse and the London Stock Exchange. Listings on other European exchanges are planned.

The ETF tracks the MSCI China A Inclusion Select ESG Screened Index. This is an ESG screened version of the MSCI China A Inclusion Index, which provides exposure to the A- shares segment of the MSCI China Index. The largest sectors in the MSCI China A Inclusion Select ESG Screened Index are financials (19.1 per centindex weight), consumer discretionary (15.5 per cent) and industrials (14.4 per cent). The share of the largest 10 positions in the index, which currently comprises 363 stocks, is 19 per cent (Source: MSCI, May 31, 2022).

 

The ESG Screened methodology leads to the exclusion of around a quarter of the index members of the MSCI China A Inclusion Index. For example, the stocks of companies that are associated with controversial or nuclear weapons, or that generate more than five percent of their revenues from conventional weapons, tobacco or the extraction of hard coal and oil sands are filtered out. Furthermore, stocks that have received an MSCI ESG rating of ‘CCC’ or that do not comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact are removed from the index. The ETF meets the requirement to be classified as a product under Article 8 of the EU Disclosure Regulation.

 

“China’s A-shares market is still significantly under-represented in many portfolios relative to its importance and growth prospects. The MSCI China A ESG Screened Swap UCITS ETF provides efficient and liquid access to the domestic A-shares market while taking into account fundamental sustainability characteristics,” says Simon Klein, Global Head of Passive Sales, DWS.

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