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Looking beyond China: single-country funds

Looking beyond China: single-country funds

Asian equities have been one of the stand-out performers of 2020. The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan index made a sterling gain of around 8 per cent over the first nine months of this year, putting it ahead of the S&P 500 and other major regions, as the chart below shows. Much of this stems from the roaring success of the Chinese market, which accounted for nearly half of MSCI AC Asia ex Japan at the end of August. The CSI 300, an index of Shanghai and Shenzhen-listed stocks, made a sterling gain of around 20 per cent over this period.

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