Capturing the growth of the world's second-largest economy, China equities can serve as a core, strategic holding for long-term investors. Yet many investors remain underallocated, despite China's enormous economic output. China currently makes up roughly 31% of the MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Index, so some investors may think they have adequate China exposure through their EM allocation. Investors often allocate less than 10% of an overall portfolio, however, to emerging markets. Against this backdrop, China may represent only 1% to 3% of a portfolio that is considered to be globally diversified. What's more, many active EM managers are underweight China relative to the benchmark, so investors might have less exposure to China than they intend. Given that the size of China's economy could surpass that of the U.S. within a decade, many investors may need to increase their weight toward China to better align portfolios with long-term goals.
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