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MSCI China A Index Forms the Basis of New China A Shares ETF from Harvest Global Investments



  MSCI China A Index Forms the Basis of New China A Shares ETF from Harvest
  Global Investments

Business Wire

HONG KONG -- October 12, 2012

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support
tools worldwide, is pleased to announce that the MSCI China A Index is the
underlying index for a new ETF launched by Harvest Global Investments on the
Stock Exchange of Hong Kong under the RQFII scheme.

“We are delighted to have licensed our flagship MSCI China A Index to Harvest
Global Investments for the creation of the Harvest MSCI China A Index ETF,”
said Henry Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of MSCI Inc. “The MSCI China A Index
features broad, diversified and liquid coverage of the domestic China A shares
opportunity set.”

Henry Zhao, Chairman of Harvest Global Investments, said, “Harvest strongly
believes that introducing the first ETF based on the MSCI China A Index
demonstrates our commitment to offering global investors diversified access to
the growth opportunities of the domestic China A shares market. The breadth
and depth of the MSCI China A Index differentiates it from the other indices
currently available for the China equity market.”

The MSCI China A Index is constructed based on the same methodology as the
MSCI Global Investable Market Indices, which are widely adopted by
international investors. This consistency of methodology allows investors to
analyze the opportunity set of the China A shares market in the same manner as
other global equity markets. Key features of the MSCI China A Index include:

  * Target 85% free float market capitalization coverage
  * Broad industry representation
  * Current number of index constituents is 541*

With no fixed number of index constituents, the MSCI China A Index is able to
reflect the ongoing evolution of this market’s structure.

For more information: MSCI China A Index Factsheet

* As of September 28, 2012

                                    -Ends-

About MSCI

MSCI Inc. is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to
investors globally, including asset managers, banks, hedge funds and pension
funds. MSCI products and services include indices, portfolio risk and
performance analytics, and governance tools.

The company’s flagship product offerings are: the MSCI indices with
approximately USD 7 trillion estimated to be benchmarked to them on a
worldwide basis^1; Barra multi-asset class factor models, portfolio risk and
performance analytics; RiskMetrics multi-asset class market and credit risk
analytics; MSCI ESG (environmental, social and governance) Research screening,
analysis and ratings; ISS governance research and outsourced proxy voting and
reporting services; FEA valuation models and risk management software for the
energy and commodities markets; and CFRA forensic accounting risk research,
legal/regulatory risk assessment, and due‐diligence. MSCI is headquartered in
New York, with research and commercial offices around the world.

^1As of June 30, 2011, based on eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg data.

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