MSCI Could Cap Brazil, India Weights in EM Indexes

MSCI Inc., one of the largest providers of indexes for use by issuers of exchange traded funds, is considering capping the weights of two of the largest emerging markets in its major international equity indexes. Among the countries that could see their weights capped are Brazil and India, two of the largest developing economies.

The two countries, along with Turkey and South Korea, are ‘potential future examples’ of markets whose weights could be capped on MSCI indexes, the New York-based company said in a presentation on its website Wednesday,” reports Bloomberg.

The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), which tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, currently allocates 15.55% of its weight to South Korea, the benchmark’s second-largest country weight behind China. India and Brazil combine for nearly 15 percent of that fund’s geographic exposure.

The four countries restrict the use of local data in derivatives created by offshore exchanges, putting them in violation of MSCI’s anti-competition clauses, according to Bloomberg.

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India, Asia’s third-largest economy, also has burdensome requirements for foreign investors. News of MSCI’s examination of Brazil, India, South Korea and Turkey comes as the index provider is preparing to add China A-shares to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.