MSCI Includes Domestically Traded Chinese “A” Shares in its Emerging Markets Index

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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June 22, 2017—What did MSCI decide?MSCI, the principal international equity benchmark index provider, has decided for the first time to include some Chinese “A” shares in its emerging markets (EM) index. The decision goes into effect June 2018.“A” shares are listed on the Shanghai and Shenzen stock exchanges. Historically, the EM index has included only those Chinese stocks listed on the Hong Kong exchange or which have ADRs traded in the United States.

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UK General Elections: Conservatives and Democratic Unionists form Coalition Government

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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June 12, 2017—On June 8th, the UK held general elections. The ruling Conservatives won more seats in the House of Commons than any other party, but fell short of retaining their governing majority. As a result, the Conservatives had to join up with a small regional northern Irish political party to form a coalition government. Conservative Party leader Theresa May will continue as Prime Minister—at least for now.Brexit was the principal issue in the general election.

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Where Things Stand with the French Elections, Brexit, and Turkey

Clement K. Miller, CFA |
Wilmington Wire
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April 21, 2017—Wilmington Trust has been monitoring several political developments in Europe, particularly the upcoming French Presidential elections, the UK general election and the recent Turkish referendum rendering greater powers to its president. Here we will provide our assessment of these developments.A tightening first round in the French presidential race The first round, on Sunday, April 23, is an elimination round.

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