MSCI semi-annual Nov'19 index review


MSCI indices are widely used as the benchmark for global equity portfolios. Various investment products like index funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) follow these indices. The MSCI India index is designed to measure the performance of the large cap and midcap segments of the Indian market. Currently, with 80 constituents, the index covers ~85% of the Indian equity universe.

One of the major followers of the MSCI India index is iShares MSCI India ETF, which has net assets of almost $5.35 billion as on November 1, 2019. Apart from iShares, there are many other funds globally that follow the MSCI India index for their India centric exposure. For obvious reasons, additions and deletions of stocks from these indices provide trading opportunities for short-term traders.

The eligibility of a stock for inclusion in the index is based on the MSCI Global investable indices methodology. This methodology aims to provide exhaustive coverage of the relevant investment opportunity set with a strong emphasis on index liquidity, investability and replicability

MSCI review of the domestic index can be seen here.

MSCI review of the global standard index can be seen here.

It is pertinent to note that there are many incorrect stock lists floating in social media. One should be wary of taking positions in these stocks and cross check the stock from the above list. Many of these stocks have been sharply up or down in the past 3-4 weeks in anticipation of these changes, so due diligence is required before putting in positions.




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