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Chin Ping Chia

Chin Ping Chia
Head of Research for Asia Pacific

About the Contributor

Chin Ping Chia is Head of Research for Asia Pacific. He manages MSCI’s applied research effort and works closely with the world’s leading investors on a wide range of investment topics. Chin Ping is also a resident expert on China and sits on the Advisory Committee of the Quantitative Finance Program for the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Chin Ping received a degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore and is a CFA charterholder.

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  1. BLOG

    China A shares: The journey continues 

    Oct 10, 2018 Chin Ping Chia

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    As China continues to open its capital markets to global investors and accessibility standards have improved, MSCI recently launched a consultation to explore increasing the weight of A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Ultimately, we seek to reflect the full investable opportunity set — all of China accessible to global investors — in the benchmark, as we do in all MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes.

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    The World Comes to China 

    May 23, 2018 Chin Ping Chia

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    Emerging markets may never be the same. On May 31, MSCI will include about 233 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?

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    What might U.S. trade barriers mean for global equities? 

    Dec 2, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    Emerging market equities underperformed U.S. stocks by 7.2 percentage points (as of Nov. 30) following Donald Trump’s election as president, based partly on the expectation that the president-elect is likely to pursue a series of protectionist policies that could hurt many export-dependent emerging nations. Stocks in developed economies (ex-U.S.) also underperformed those in the U.S., albeit by a smaller margin (3.8 percentage points).

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    A look at MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index and China A-shares 

    Oct 24, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    During our consultations on whether to add China A-shares to MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index, some institutional investors asked what full inclusion might mean for the index and the asset class. Given China’s already-significant weight in the index, would the addition of shares of local Chinese companies, even if years away, reduce diversification of the index and render the asset class irrelevant?

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    Oct 10, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    What valuations tell us (and don’t tell us) about future factor returns 

    Sep 14, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    A rise in relative valuation of the low volatility factor and a concurrent fall-off in the value factor have led some institutional investors to wonder anew whether it makes sense to time their exposures to systematic strategies. In short, has value become so cheap (relative to the market) that investors may want to pivot toward it? And does a relatively rich valuation for minimum volatility tell investors it’s time to back off?

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    The shrinking cost of currency hedging 

    Jun 21, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    It may be time for institutional investors to rethink whether to hedge their exposures to foreign currencies. Though hedging can help investors avoid losing money amid swings in the foreign-exchange market, the strategy can be an expensive one for investors based in countries with structurally low interest rates.

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    Seeking defensive yield in emerging markets and Asia 

    Mar 22, 2016 Chin Ping Chia

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    As we highlighted in a recent post, minimum volatility strategies have outperformed this year to date amid unrest in financial markets.

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    Sep 21, 2015 Chin Ping Chia

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    The quality factor has demonstrated long-term outperformance against the market, but it has not received the same attention as the value, size or momentum factors.

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    Jun 24, 2015 Chin Ping Chia

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    Institutional investors are increasingly gravitating towards multi-factor allocations as the preferred approach to factor investing. But how should factor indexes be combined?

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    Feb 11, 2015 Chin Ping Chia

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    China A-Shares are too big to be ignored but remain difficult for many institutional investors to access. How can global investors avoid a stock market that is now the world’s third-largest, with a total market value of nearly USD 4 trillion, putting it just behind the United States and Japan?

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    The Next Generation of Global Investors 

    Jan 21, 2014 Chin Ping Chia

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    We’ve observed that many institutional investors have abandoned their historical domestic-equity bias and now view global equities as a single, broad asset class. In high-growth economies, however, particularly in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, many investors remain focused primarily on domestic stocks.