MSCI launches new indices for investors avoiding Russia

By Andrew Griffin
07 Aug 2014

Index provider MSCI has launched new indices protecting investors from exposure to the Russian markets as a separatist rebellion in neighbouring Ukraine rages on. MSCI may remove sanctioned Russian banks from the existing index, a possibility that prompted those institutions to insist that they did not need or plan to issue equity anyway.

The launch of new composite indices MSCI ACWI ex-Russia, the firm’s global equity benchmark, and MSCI Emerging Markets ex-Russia were announced late last week. These will cater for investors looking to avoid exposure to Russian securities after the US and EU implemented a slew of new sanctions against Russia.

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