MAC Solar Index Consultation on Index Methodology Change to Allow More Countries of Listing

 

MAC Solar Index Consultation on Index Methodology Change to Allow More Countries of Listing

November 16, 2020

MAC Solar Index is conducting a consultation with market participants on a proposal to add to the list of countries in which MAC Solar Index constituents must be listed. The addition of more stocks to the Index would be beneficial from the standpoint of improving diversification weighting and staying well above the continued listing requirement for a global index of having a minimum of 20 stocks. The Index currently has 26 stocks.

The MAC Solar Index currently requires constituents to be listed in one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. See the current Index methodology at https://macsolarindex.com/methodology/.

MAC Solar Index is proposing to add four countries to this list: Israel, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The addition of Israel, Luxembourg, and South Korea would allow the MAC Solar Index to match a well-known standard of developed countries. Of those three countries, there is one stock in Israel at present that may qualify for inclusion in the Index and no prospective stocks at present in Luxembourg or South Korea.

Taiwan is being proposed as a country addition because there are currently four solar stocks that trade in Taiwan that may qualify for inclusion in the MAC Solar Index.

Questions:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of adding each of the above-mentioned countries? Would the addition of any of these countries create any problems for stakeholders from any standpoint? If so, which countries and how? Should any other countries be added to the consideration?

2. What would be the best timing for implementing this proposal if MAC Solar proceeds?

Please respond to this survey by November 25, 2020. After this date, MAC Indexing will no longer accept survey responses.

To participate in this consultation, please send an email to support@macsolarindex.com.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this consultation.