The Chinese domestic or onshore market –A-shares – trades on two exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
The A-share market has a market capitalization of USD 8.8 trillion.
China’s onshore equity market opened in 1990.
7 of China’s 15 key sectors have over 80% of their market cap listed in China A-shares only.
234 A-shares were included in MSCI indices on 1 June 2018.
MSCI included 2.5% of China A-shares’ market capitalization in June, another 2.5% will follow in September.
After the second inclusion step in September, A-shares will make up 0.8% of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
A-shares are included in three indices: MSCI Emerging Markets, MSCI All Country World and MSCI China.
Shanghai’s stock exchange has a market cap of RMB 33.2 trillion (USD 5.2 billion) and Shenzhen’s exchange has a market cap of RMB 23.5 trillion (USD 3.6 trillion).
A survey by Copley Fund Research shows that 180 global emerging market funds have invested some USD 1.2 billion in A-shares over the 12 months preceding 1 June 2018.
At full inclusion, China A-shares are expected to make up 16.6% of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. This could take place in around five years’ time.
Retail investors account for 87% of total trading volume in the China A-share market.
Foreign ownership of the A-share market is 2%.
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