I arrived here in Beijing just in time for the big event…
As of last week – for the first time in history – stocks trading in mainland China are finally a part of the major global stock indexes.
This might not sound like a big deal. But it is…
Hundreds of billions of dollars will flow into Chinese stocks over the next couple years as a result.
For investors like you and me, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event…
It’s ridiculous that it took this long for China’s locally traded stocks to be included in the world indexes. China is the world’s second-largest economy, and it has the world’s second-largest stock market.
Last week’s move was the right one. More important, it’s the start of something we will never see again – a change that will send a wave of money flowing into China-traded stocks…
Specifically, at the close of trading on May 31, MSCI – the leading provider of global stock indexes – added China-traded stocks (known as “A-shares”) to its indexes.
Again, this is big news…
For example, roughly $2 trillion is benchmarked to MSCI’s Emerging Markets (EM) Index alone. Half that money could ultimately end up in Chinese stocks as money managers buy to match their benchmark indexes.
In fact, MSCI CEO Henry Fernandez said as much last week at a press conference here in Beijing…
“If we were to include both large- and mid-cap [Chinese] stocks, half of the companies covered by the MSCI EM Index would come from China,” Fernandez said.
If he’s right (and he is), that means $1 trillion would ultimately be benchmarked to Chinese stocks – based on just one index.
In my opinion, the chances are excellent that China will make up nearly 50% of the MSCI EM Index in about seven years.
The important thing is, Chinese A-shares aren’t being added to just one index… They are being added to dozens of indexes.
That means big money – potentially $1 trillion or more – will flow into Chinese A-shares in the next five years, as they are added to stock indexes and big investors are forced to buy. It is as certain as the sun coming up tomorrow.
The question is, when will this happen?
On May 31, the first official inclusion date, the money flow was relatively small – a trickle, really. This was by design, according to MSCI. It’s a bit of a test case, to make sure everything flows smoothly.
The next round of inclusion is scheduled for September – and that will be a relatively small amount too.
But then the big changes will start, likely in 2019… And what will they look like?
“We want to do bigger jumps,” Fernandez told the crowd here in Beijing.
“We don’t want to do a large number of small inclusions,” he explained. Instead, Fernandez wants MSCI to do “a small number of large inclusions.”
He didn’t give away MSCI’s timeline. But I strongly believe that MSCI will have completed its inclusion process within seven years – possibly as few as five years.
I can’t tell you exactly when the big money will flow into Chinese A-shares.
But I am certain that hundreds of billions of dollars will flow into A-shares within the next five years.
My strong suggestion, as you know, is to have your money there first.
Source: Daily Wealth