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. 

Brexit and the risks of home bias

Blog post - Investors with a large concentration in their home equity may lack global diversification. Thus, a major event such as Brexit can hurt returns. U.K. institutional investors held roughly a quarter of their equity assets in domestic companies at the time of the referendum. How were U.K. investors affected?

What would a “No deal” Brexit mean for markets?

Blog post - Rejection of the Brexit deal by the U.K. Parliament along with a potentially difficult exit from the EU could have significant ramifications. Our stress test analysis looks at what a “No deal” vote would mean in the U.K. and for equity markets around the globe.

Sector investing in China

Blog post - Sector investing has gained wide traction in developed markets, but what about China? We analyzed whether Chinese sectors exhibited the three key attributes we’ve seen sector investors look for in the U.S. and elsewhere – low correlation, differences in fundamentals and geographic differences.

Which factors mattered in China?

Blog post - Chinese equity prices have hardly been music to investors’ ears in 2018. The MSCI China A Onshore IMI Index has declined more than 25% in local currency terms through Oct. 31, with a relatively narrow differentiation of returns. Were there factors in this market that outperformed?

China A shares: The journey continues

Blog post - China continues to open its capital markets to global investors and accessibility standards. If adopted, our recently launched consultation on increasing the weighting of China A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index could boost China A shares’ weight in the index to 3.4% by May 2020.

The new GICS Communication Services sector

Research Paper - We detail the biggest-ever structural change to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) in terms of market capitalization impact: the Telecommunication Services sector being broadened significantly and renamed Communication Services. This reflects the fact that the way people communicate, share information and entertain themselves – and the way companies have responded to this new dynamic – has significantly and fundamentally changed.

Does Turkey offer lessons for managing emerging-market currency volatility?

Blog Post - The recent 40% drop in the Turkish lira is part of a long-term trend of rising emerging-market currency volatility. Typically, investors do not hedge this exposure. Is it time to reconsider this approach?

Is Japan’s “lost decade” over?

Blog post - Since the early 1990s, Japan has suffered two decades of poor stock returns. Despite this, most Japanese investors maintain a heavy domestic equity bias — at a significant opportunity cost. Given the potential benefits of global diversification, is continued reliance on domestic stocks the wisest way forward?

Are Argentina & Turkey the first dominoes to fall?

Argentina and Turkey have experienced sharp corrections in their currency and debt markets over the past couple of months, leading investors to worry about possible contagion to other EM countries. Are other emerging markets heading in the same direction?

How low volatility factor has performed in China A shares

Since we added China A shares to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, investors may be evaluating how different factors performed in this market. What has been the effect of China’s relatively high market annualized volatility?


The Japanese equity market’s spectacular crash in the early 1990s is referred to as the “lost decade.” Recently, this period has been extended to include the decade that followed. Is this now coming to an end?