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The MSCI EAFE Index is designed to represent the performance of large and mid-cap securities across 21 developed markets, including countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The Index is available for a number of regions, market segments/sizes and covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each of the 21 countries.

The Index is widely used as a benchmark and as the basis for index-linked financial products.  Multiple exchange traded funds are based on the MSCI EAFE Index and the ICE Futures Europe, ICE Futures US and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) are licensed to list futures contracts on this Index. As of December 2015, over $2 trillion in assets are benchmarked to MSCI EAFE Index family*.

* As of December 31, 2015, as reported on March 31, 2016 by eVestment, Morningstar and Bloomberg.   Data excludes futures and options

MSCI EAFE Index reflects the Modern Index Strategy


  • MSCI EAFE Index: Covers more than 900 securities across large and mid-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 21 developed markets.
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  • MSCI EAFE IMI Index: Covers more than 3,000 securities across large, mid and small-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 21 developed markets.
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  • MSCI EAFE All Cap Index: Covers more than 7,500 securities across large, mid, small and micro-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 21 developed markets.
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The MSCI EAFE Index provides a broad international equity benchmark to support: 

  • Asset allocation: Consistent, complete representation of the performance of the full spectrum of developed markets international equity outside of the U.S. and Canada.
  • Performance measurement and attribution: An industry-leading benchmark for non-US developed markets mandates, with regional, sector and other subsets available for more targeted investment mandates.
  • Research: A trusted source for international equity markets and underlying security-level data for sell-side research.
  • Investment product development: May be licensed for use as the basis for structured products and other index-linked investment vehicles, such as ETFs and ETNs.

A Building Block Approach 

MSCI EAFE Indexes offer a building block approach with a rules-based, consistent and transparent methodology.

Using MSCI EAFE as a framework to build portfolios helps to avoid unintended bets and risks.

Robust foundation allows investors to measure exposure to all sources of equity returns using a single global framework.

MSCI wins “best index provider” award

We are recognized as an industry leader by some of the most influential publications and organizations globally. Recent awards include both “Index Provider of the Year for 2016” by Pensions Age and “Best Global Index Provider” by Hedgeweek.


An equity index which captures large, mid and small-cap representation across Developed Markets countries around the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada.

MSCI’s 2016 Market Classification Review

Webinar on the results of MSCI’s 2016 Market Classification Review, taking place on June 15, 2016.

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