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William is the Head of Product Specialists Equity and a managing director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2014. Before joining the firm, he worked at Fidelity Worldwide Investment and M&G Investments. William began his investment career as a research analyst and Asian equity fund manager, and subsequently held product, market and distribution roles in Europe and Asia. He has a first-class honours degree in economics & social history from Bristol University and a post-graduate diploma in Mandarin Chinese from Beijing University.
The opening of the China A-share market to foreign investors – and the subsequent growing inclusion of a much larger number of Chinese companies in widely used equity indices – is poised to be, in our view, one of the most transformative events in the financial markets over the next decade.
In May 2018, a number of China’s A-shares will become part of MSCI’s flagship emerging-market index for the first time, and we believe investor interest is likely to grow. But in many ways, this market is as misunderstood as it is underrepresented in portfolios, so here are 10 things investors should know.