Global Investing

Many institutional investors now view global equities as a single broad asset class, shifting away from the “home bias” historically found in their total stock portfolios. Our research discusses the effects of taking a “one world” approach that includes emerging markets and small-cap equities. It also explores the role of growing new markets such as China-A Shares and frontier markets. 


Featured research papers and Blog posts


Blog post - With new tariffs in effect as of July 6, we investigate our earlier assertion that “while an expanded trade war could lead to a ‘lose-lose’ outcome, there could be greater impact for stocks in the U.S. Overall, they are more exposed to the Chinese economy than the other way around.”

Can your investment strategy work with China A shares?

Blog post - Many institutional investors have long viewed China A shares as an inefficient market, suggesting that active strategies such as stock-picking can thrive. However, researching a universe of over 3,500 stocks comes with huge challenges, and may lead investors to question whether factor-based systematic strategies could have worked well with China A shares.

Vive la Différence: Active Factor Strategies in China A Shares

Blog post - Can factor insights be applied to construct equity portfolios in the China A shares market? With the partial inclusion of China A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, we explore whether the China A shares market has distinctive characteristics that lend themselves to factor investing strategies.

International Small Caps are Alive and Kicking

Blog post - Investors eager to write the obituary of the size premium might want to put down their pens. Small-cap stocks in developed markets outside the U.S. have been on a decade-long run of outpacing their large- and mid-cap counterparts.


Blog post - Emerging markets may never be the same. On May 31, MSCI will include 226 China large-cap A shares to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Inclusion at a 5% initial weight could lead to approximately USD 22 billion of capital inflows into these stocks. What might investors need to consider as we approach this milestone?


Research Paper - Success in active management is a complex interaction of two dimensions – market opportunity and manager skill. Where is the intersection of markets that have provided the greatest opportunity and where managers have delivered persistent outperformance?

Foundations of ESG Investing: Part 4

Research Paper - How can ESG characteristics be integrated consistently across factor-based and active equity allocations? In Part 4 of the Foundations of ESG Investing paper, we discuss two approaches to applying ESG ratings to factor-based allocations – a one-step and a two-step approach – asking which has done a better job at combining the underlying strategy with ESG while maintaining exposure to target factors. We then investigate overlaying ESG ratings and ESG momentum on the historical holdings of nearly 1,200 actively managed global equity funds. What would have been the impact on their risk and return?

Foundations of ESG Investing: Part 3

Research paper - When seeking to integrate ESG criteria into their portfolios, institutional investors increasingly are focusing on the potential financial benefits. One way asset owners can implement ESG integration is through passive allocations to portfolios that seek to replicate ESG indexes.

Thinking Big About Small Cap Investing

Pension funds around the world have increasingly shed their home bias and incorporated global small-cap allocations, but they still fall well short of the 14% global small-cap weighting found in the MSCI ACWI IMI. We explain what they might be missing.

Is it time to change your number?

Investors have long sought equity indexes to measure exposure to the U.S. market and size segments such as large-, mid- and small-capitalization stocks.

MSCI Global Investing and Risk Management Conference

Please join us for the MSCI Global Investing and Risk Management Conference and Workshops to be held in London on May 15-16, 2018.