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MSCI and Tadawul to Launch Joint Saudi Arabia Tradeable Index for Domestic and International Investors


The tradeable index will be available in Q4 2018

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of indexes and portfolio
construction and risk management tools and services for global
investors, today announced the signing of an agreement with the Saudi
Stock Exchange Co. (Tadawul), the largest stock exchange in the region
in terms of market capitalization and turnover, to create a joint
tradeable index that can serve as the basis for investment instruments
including derivatives and ETFs.

In June 2018, MSCI announced the classification of the Saudi Arabian
equity market as an Emerging Market as part of their annual global
market classification review. The Index will be based on the broader
MSCI Saudi Arabia index series that will be part of the MSCI Emerging
Markets Index. The joint tradeable index will be available in Q4 2018.

Henry Fernandez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MSCI, said,
"Saudi Arabia has undergone a remarkably rapid period of change in the
past few years. This joint index is possible as a result of the
Kingdom's adoption of international standards and desire to create
additional investment opportunities for domestic and international

Khalid Al Hussan, Chief Executive Officer of Tadawul, said, "The
creation of the joint tradable index provides a strong foundation for
the development of index futures and other exchange-traded products. As
the Saudi market is fully integrated into global emerging market
indices, including MSCI, launch of an index will pave the way for ETFs
and other products that enable investors to broaden exposure and
diversify and risk while enhancing the overall efficiency of the market."

About MSCI

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helped the world's leading investors build and manage better portfolios.
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performance and risk in their portfolios, broad asset class coverage and
innovative research.

Our line of products and services includes indexes, analytical models,
data, real estate benchmarks and ESG research.

MSCI serves 99 of the top 100 largest money managers, according to the
most recent P&I ranking.

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About Tadawul

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) is the sole entity authorized in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to act as the Kingdom's securities exchange (the
Exchange), listing and trading in securities. The Saudi stock market is
the 23rd largest stock market among the 67 members of the World
Federation of Exchanges and is the dominant market in the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) comprising 50 percent of total GCC market
capitalization and 79 percent of value traded. The Exchange is the 7th
largest stock market amongst its emerging market peers.

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