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MSCI Emerging Markets Index

In 1988, MSCI launched the Emerging Markets Index, which consisted of just 10 countries representing less than 1% of world market capitalization.  Today the MSCI Emerging Markets Index consists of 24 countries representing 10% of world market capitalization.  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 24 countries.

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MSCI is a market leader in global equity indexes and has over $1.8 trillion in assets benchmarked to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index suite.1

1 As of June 30, 2018, as reported on September 30, 2018 by eVestment, Morningstar and Bloomberg.


MSCI emerging markets index allocation


MSCI Emerging Markets reflects the Modern Index Strategy


Evolves to measure and capture equity markets as they exist today. Our indexes are built using an innovative maintenance methodology that provides superior balance between the need for a stable index that is flexible enough to adjust quickly to a constantly changing opportunity set. We provide timely and consistent treatment of corporate events and synchronized rebalancings, globally.

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Covers the full opportunity set and all its segments, including GICS® sectors. All of MSCI’s indexes are created using the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®), an industry classification system developed by MSCI and S&P Global, which provides a common framework to classify stocks. They offer exhaustive coverage of the investable opportunity set with non-overlapping size and style segmentation.


Consistent methodology for every market. Where other providers use either a long- or short-term liquidity measure to assess the eligibility of stocks for their indexes, MSCI uses both, recognizing the differences in liquidity between developed and emerging markets and enhancing the investability and replicability of our indexes. MSCI puts strong emphasis on investability and replicability of its indexes through the use of size and liquidity screens.


BRIC represents 51% of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index

MSCI Emerging Markets Index Pie Chart

  • MSCI Emerging Markets Index: Covers more than 800 securities across large and mid-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 24 emerging markets.
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  • MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index: Covers more than 2,600 securities across large, mid and small-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 24 emerging markets.
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  • MSCI Emerging Markets Large Cap Index: Measures the performance of the large-cap segments of the 24 emerging markets.
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  • MSCI Emerging Markets Mid Cap Index: Measures the performance of the mid-cap segments of the 24 emerging markets.
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  • MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Index: Measures the performance of the small-cap segments of the 24 emerging markets.
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MSCI Emerging Markets Indexes can be used to support:

  • Asset allocation: Flexibility to analyze broad or focused emerging markets equities exposure.
  • Performance measurement and attribution: Industry-leading benchmarks for emerging markets equity mandates, with regional and thematic subsets available for more targeted investment mandates.
  • Research: A trusted source for emerging markets equity performance 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 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes.

our Building Block Approach 

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

Using MSCI Emerging Markets 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.

Thinking broadly about emerging markets

Emerging-market equities revived in the first quarter after a rather dismal performance over the past five years. The pickup has left investors to wonder whether the gains might continue and to think anew about how to approach the segment.

Global Market Report

In this Global Market Report, we examine the latest developments in emerging markets through the lens of the Barra Emerging Markets Equity Model (EMM1).


MSCI announced the inclusion of the Saudi Arabia and Argentina in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index beginning June 2019.

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