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Wei Xu

Wei Xu

Vice President, MSCI Research

Wei Xu focuses on China research, thematic investing, and asset allocation as part of MSCI’s Index Solutions Research team. He previously served as a portfolio manager in China Investment Corp.’s asset-allocation department. Wei holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Hong Kong and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto. He holds the GARP designation of financial risk manager.

Research and Insights

Articles by Wei Xu

    Drivers of China Equities’ Sell-Off

    6 mins read Blog | Apr 20, 2022 | Wei Xu , Shuo Xu

    Following the recent sell-off in Chinese equities, global investors may have some concerns and questions about their China exposure. Have fundamentals changed? What role did the Russia-Ukraine war play? Which factors are important to keep an eye on?

    How Modern Wars Affected Market Performance and Volatility

    2 mins read Quick Take | Mar 4, 2022 | Peter Zangari

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was followed by a marked increase in stock-market volatility. The Cboe Volatility Index® (VIX) spiked from 28 on Feb. 23 to 37.5 the next day.

    Foundations of Dedicated China Allocations: Part 3

    Report | Nov 4, 2021 | Shuo Xu , Wei Xu , Wei Zhen

    We present a framework to analyze market-capitalization-weighted indexes’ role in setting equity-risk-premium and capital-market expectations. It breaks return drivers into dividend yield, sales-per-share growth, profit margin and valuation change.

    The Impact of China’s New Regulations: A Thematic Lens

    5 mins read Blog | Sep 15, 2021 | Wei Xu

    Regulatory changes in China have investors wondering how different industries could be affected. Evaluating the changes through a thematic lens can provide insight into the growth and crowding levels of megatrends, as industries react and evolve.

    Foundations of Dedicated China Allocations: Part 1

    Report | Feb 19, 2021 | Shuo Xu , Wei Xu , Zhen Wei

    China’s rise in economic influence, market size, improved market accessibility and inclusion in global indexes have led more investors to consider a dedicated China allocation. In the first of our “Foundations of Dedicated China Allocations” series, we discuss investment policy and asset allocation as investors think through setting up such a program.

    China Tech Investing: An Indexed Approach

    5 mins read Blog | Dec 2, 2020 | Wei Xu , Kumar Neeraj , Devika Ghate

    China’s emergence as a tech leader holds great potential. But its technology value chain isn’t limited to IT firms. Opportunity lies across sectors, from electric vehicles to medical devices. How does one effectively gain exposure?  

    Asset allocation and index futures during market crises

    Blog | Mar 25, 2020 | Shuo Xu , Zhen Wei , Wei Xu

    During market crises, institutional investors have employed derivatives contracts to hedge market risks or express views on certain performance/risk characteristics. We explore prior use of futures for exposure management and tactical asset allocation.