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Factor Indexes performance scorecard

Factor Indexes performance scorecard

MSCI has designed a family of factor indexes that reflect the performance of equity “risk premia” factors (Minimum Volatility, Yield, Quality, Momentum, Value, Size, Growth) across global geographies. In addition to single factor indexes, MSCI also offers multi-factor indexes which aims to give institutional investors a foundation for implementing multi-factor strategies transparently and efficiently. MSCI factor indexes are built using MSCI’s Barra Risk Factor Models used by sophisticated investors for several decades.


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MSCI Factor Index performance heatmap

MSCI Factor Index performance heat map


Factor Performance Heatmap

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Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI ACWI Index -0.8% -1.2% -3.7% -2.6% 14.1% 17.4% 15.9% 14.6% 11.9%
MSCI ACWI Minimum Volatility Index 0.1% -0.7% -1.8% -3.0% 9.2% 11.2% 9.2% 10.6% 10.4%
MSCI ACWI High Dividend Yield Index 0.1% 0.1% -2.1% -3.6% 9.2% 11.8% 9.4% 10.2% 8.9%
MSCI ACWI Quality Index -1.1% -1.3% -2.5% -2.7% 17.1% 20.6% 22.3% 19.6% 14.9%
MSCI ACWI Momentum Index -1.7% -2.4% -6.6% -3.5% 5.6% 10.6% 18.0% 18.6% 14.8%
MSCI ACWI Enhanced Value Index 0.2% 0.4% -2.1% -4.0% 11.0% 14.6% 8.0% 8.7% 8.4%
MSCI ACWI Equal Weighted Index -0.2% -0.9% -3.5% -5.3% 7.1% 10.3% 11.1% 10.3% 8.5%
MSCI ACWI Growth Target Index -0.7% -1.6% -3.7% -2.7% 12.4% 15.8% 15.8% 15.6% 13.0%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI World Index -0.8% -1.4% -3.8% -2.1% 16.7% 19.9% 16.8% 15.1% 12.8%
MSCI World Minimum Volatility Index 0.0% -0.9% -2.2% -3.7% 9.3% 11.1% 9.6% 10.8% 10.8%
MSCI World High Dividend Yield Index 0.3% -0.4% -2.9% -3.5% 10.2% 11.9% 8.8% 9.7% 9.3%
MSCI World Quality Index -1.0% -1.5% -2.7% -2.2% 20.0% 23.2% 22.7% 19.9% 15.5%
MSCI World Momentum Index -1.7% -2.3% -6.3% -2.2% 11.2% 15.7% 18.8% 19.4% 15.5%
MSCI World Enhanced Value Index 0.2% -0.5% -3.3% -3.3% 14.6% 15.8% 6.6% 7.7% 8.9%
MSCI World Equal Weighted Index -0.5% -1.8% -5.3% -5.5% 10.6% 13.4% 11.6% 11.1% 10.4%
MSCI World Growth Target Index -0.8% -1.8% -4.4% -3.4% 12.4% 15.7% 15.5% 14.9% 12.8%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI Emerging Markets Index -0.9% 0.2% -2.9% -6.5% -3.0% 1.2% 9.2% 10.4% 5.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index -0.3% -0.3% -1.5% -3.0% 3.4% 7.1% 6.1% 8.0% 5.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index -0.2% 1.6% 0.4% -3.8% 6.3% 9.4% 4.7% 7.1% 3.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Index -0.7% 1.0% 0.7% -3.8% 4.8% 11.1% 13.1% 11.6% 6.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets Momentum Index -0.7% -0.3% -2.4% -8.0% -3.2% 5.8% 18.0% 17.3% 9.2%
MSCI Emerging Markets Enhanced Value Index 0.0% 2.6% 0.1% -5.6% 3.0% 8.3% 8.1% 8.6% 4.9%
MSCI Emerging Markets Equal Weighted Index 0.0% 0.1% -1.4% -5.2% 3.1% 6.7% 10.3% 9.0% 4.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets Growth Target Index -0.2% 0.2% -1.1% -2.6% 6.4% 10.6% 15.7% 15.0% 8.5%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI Europe Index -0.8% -0.5% -6.1% -6.1% 10.1% 12.6% 11.0% 10.6% 8.0%
MSCI Europe Minimum Volatility (EUR) Index -0.6% -1.5% -4.6% -6.3% 7.5% 10.3% 10.4% 10.8% 8.6%
MSCI Europe High Dividend Yield Index -0.7% -0.4% -4.3% -6.3% 3.5% 6.2% 7.0% 7.9% 6.5%
MSCI Europe Quality Index -0.9% -1.3% -6.1% -7.1% 11.8% 16.3% 17.8% 15.0% 10.7%
MSCI Europe Momentum Index -0.8% -0.2% -6.3% -6.3% 8.3% 14.6% 17.2% 14.0% 11.5%
MSCI Europe Enhanced Value Index -0.8% 0.5% -5.9% -5.8% 11.4% 12.6% 7.7% 8.2% 6.3%
MSCI Europe Equal Weighted Index -1.0% -0.9% -6.7% -8.0% 7.7% 10.8% 10.8% 10.7% 8.7%
MSCI Europe Growth Target Index -0.9% -1.0% -6.4% -7.6% 8.9% 12.7% 11.3% 10.6% 7.8%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI World ex USA Index -0.3% -1.1% -5.3% -5.5% 8.2% 10.9% 10.5% 9.9% 7.7%
MSCI World ex USA Minimum Volatility Index 0.1% -1.3% -3.4% -5.4% 5.0% 6.8% 6.5% 8.0% 7.9%
MSCI World ex USA High Dividend Yield Index -0.4% -0.7% -4.0% -6.2% 3.6% 5.4% 6.7% 7.0% 6.1%
MSCI World ex USA Quality Index -0.5% -1.1% -4.8% -6.4% 8.8% 13.1% 16.7% 14.5% 9.8%
MSCI World ex USA Momentum Index -0.3% -0.6% -5.2% -5.0% 2.6% 8.0% 14.0% 12.0% 9.6%
MSCI World ex USA Enhanced Value Index 0.1% -0.4% -5.0% -5.3% 11.2% 12.5% 5.0% 6.2% 6.2%
MSCI World ex USA Equal Weighted Index -0.2% -1.6% -5.7% -7.4% 4.9% 7.2% 8.2% 8.7% 7.7%
MSCI World ex USA Growth Target Index -0.4% -1.1% -4.8% -5.2% 8.5% 11.9% 12.4% 11.0% 8.4%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI USA Index -1.0% -1.6% -3.1% -0.4% 21.0% 24.5% 20.3% 18.1% 16.2%
MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index -0.1% -0.4% -1.8% -1.7% 14.2% 16.7% 12.7% 14.0% 13.9%
MSCI USA High Dividend Yield Index 0.4% -0.3% -1.3% -1.2% 15.2% 16.6% 9.5% 11.5% 12.8%
MSCI USA Quality Index -1.0% -1.4% -2.2% -1.5% 21.3% 24.1% 23.5% 21.0% 17.5%
MSCI USA Momentum Index -2.2% -3.4% -8.1% -2.5% 10.4% 14.3% 18.7% 20.5% 17.8%
MSCI USA Enhanced Value Index 0.0% -0.7% -1.9% -0.3% 21.5% 21.9% 10.8% 11.4% 13.8%
MSCI USA Equal Weighted Index -0.9% -2.2% -4.8% -2.6% 19.6% 23.2% 16.9% 14.8% 14.8%
MSCI USA Growth Target Index -1.0% -1.9% -4.2% -3.2% 13.4% 16.8% 16.1% 16.4% 16.8%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI EMU Index -0.9% -0.8% -7.3% -7.7% 8.0% 10.2% 10.9% 11.0% 8.5%
MSCI EMU Minimum Volatility (EUR) Index -0.8% -1.6% -5.4% -7.2% 5.4% 7.1% 8.2% 10.3% 8.6%
MSCI EMU High Dividend Yield Index -0.7% -0.7% -5.4% -9.0% 3.0% 4.9% 7.7% 9.8% 8.4%
MSCI EMU Quality Index -1.0% -1.4% -6.7% -7.7% 12.6% 16.1% 16.5% 14.8% 11.0%
MSCI EMU Momentum Index -0.7% -0.5% -7.8% -5.4% 7.7% 12.8% 16.4% 15.8% 12.1%
MSCI EMU Enhanced Value Index -0.8% 0.3% -7.7% -6.2% 15.0% 15.3% 7.4% 8.3% 7.8%
MSCI EMU Equal Weighted Index -0.9% -1.1% -7.3% -8.4% 5.3% 7.9% 9.2% 10.4% 8.6%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI United Kingdom Index -0.7% 0.5% -4.3% -3.7% 11.6% 12.3% 4.9% 5.7% 4.5%
MSCI United Kingdom Minimum Volatility (GBP) Index -0.6% -0.2% -2.5% -3.5% 14.6% 16.4% 7.6% 7.3% 6.0%
MSCI United Kingdom High Dividend Yield Index -1.8% 0.0% -1.5% -9.7% 0.2% 1.9% 1.3% 3.8% 3.7%
MSCI United Kingdom Quality Index -1.0% -0.4% -3.7% -6.4% 8.1% 10.8% 12.5% 11.4% 9.0%
MSCI United Kingdom Momentum Index -0.8% 0.7% -4.6% -6.6% 7.2% 11.3% 11.9% 9.6% 9.4%
MSCI United Kingdom Enhanced Value Index -0.5% 1.4% -3.3% -4.2% 14.9% 14.8% 2.4% 2.4% 2.3%
MSCI United Kingdom Equal Weighted Index -0.7% -0.1% -4.5% -6.8% 11.0% 12.9% 8.3% 7.0% 6.2%
MSCI United Kingdom Growth Target Index -0.6% 0.8% -4.0% -4.8% 12.3% 13.6% 4.2% 5.8% 4.2%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -0.9% -0.5% -2.6% -6.5% -4.9% -0.8% 10.3% 11.3% 7.8%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Minimum Volatility Index -0.2% -0.2% -1.4% -3.8% 0.0% 4.4% 5.5% 7.7% 7.3%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan High Dividend Yield Index 0.2% 1.3% 0.8% -2.5% 6.1% 8.3% 5.9% 7.6% 5.9%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Quality Index -0.5% 0.7% 0.0% -5.8% 1.3% 8.7% 14.9% 13.7% 9.9%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Momentum Index -0.4% -0.2% -0.8% -6.4% -3.4% 6.5% 20.9% 18.9% 11.2%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Enhanced Value Index 0.3% 1.2% -0.8% -7.1% -1.2% 3.2% 5.8% 7.7% 7.1%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Equal Weighted Index 0.2% -0.3% -0.7% -4.5% 2.5% 5.7% 11.6% 9.8% 6.6%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Growth Target Index -0.2% -0.4% -0.5% -3.2% 0.8% 4.7% 15.6% 16.3% 11.0%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI Japan Index 1.2% -1.6% -2.4% -4.5% 1.8% 4.4% 9.0% 8.9% 8.5%
MSCI Japan Minimum Volatility (JPY) 1.0% -1.8% -2.5% -6.8% -4.4% -2.5% 1.8% 4.9% 6.7%
MSCI Japan High Dividend Yield Index 1.1% -0.8% -3.6% -5.2% 3.8% 5.8% 5.7% 5.4% 7.5%
MSCI Japan Quality Index 0.6% -1.6% -2.8% -6.0% -1.2% 2.1% 15.1% 12.4% 9.9%
MSCI Japan Momentum Index 1.3% -1.2% -1.5% -2.6% -6.6% -3.1% 11.6% 11.3% 9.2%
MSCI Japan Enhanced Value Index 1.2% -1.9% -3.6% -5.5% 9.9% 12.4% 4.5% 6.0% 7.1%
MSCI Japan Equal Weighted Index 1.4% -1.8% -3.6% -7.3% -0.7% 0.5% 5.2% 7.0% 7.9%
MSCI Japan Growth Target Index 1.0% -1.7% -1.9% -4.8% 6.9% 9.5% 12.4% 11.1% 10.6%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI Australia IMI Index -1.0% -2.2% -7.4% -8.7% 3.6% 7.3% 10.1% 8.9% 5.6%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI Minimum Volatility Index (AUD) -1.0% -2.4% -5.9% -7.4% 3.5% 6.7% 8.4% 8.3% 6.2%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI High Dividend Yield Index -0.9% -2.0% -5.8% -13.2% -8.3% -5.2% 4.9% 1.7% -3.0%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI Quality Index -1.2% -2.5% -5.7% -9.4% -2.6% 0.8% 13.6% 12.9% 6.2%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI Momentum Index -1.2% -2.2% -6.0% -8.2% 2.7% 8.9% 13.2% 10.6% 8.5%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI Enhanced Value Index -0.7% -1.9% -6.5% -9.4% 3.1% 6.7% 8.6% 7.4% 7.1%
MSCI Australia Shares IMI Equal Weighted Index -1.2% -3.3% -9.7% -10.0% 1.8% 5.7% 9.8% 8.9% 1.6%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI China A Index 0.9% 1.2% 2.4% 3.4% 3.2% 8.3% 23.5% 11.4% 9.3%
MSCI China A Minimum Volatility Index 1.1% 0.4% -1.1% 1.9% -5.3% -3.6% 16.3% 11.2% 11.6%
MSCI China A High Dividend Yield Index 1.1% 2.9% 2.0% -0.6% -5.6% -7.8% 11.8% 8.9% 9.6%
MSCI China A Quality Index 1.5% 0.2% 2.6% 9.5% -8.5% 3.2% 33.6% 24.4% 13.9%
MSCI China A Momentum Index 0.0% -0.3% 1.7% 1.8% 13.2% 34.7% 38.4% 20.9% 8.9%
MSCI China A Enhanced Value Index 0.8% 2.2% 0.7% -0.7% 1.0% -3.0% 12.5% 6.9% 10.2%
MSCI China A Mid Cap Equal Weighted Index 0.8% 0.8% 3.1% 2.2% 10.5% 12.2% 22.7% 4.2% 8.7%
MSCI China A Growth Target Index 0.4% 0.0% 1.8% 3.7% 4.5% 10.2% 28.4% 14.6% 10.9%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI Brazil Index -0.3% 1.6% -0.3% -17.7% -18.4% -14.1% -6.7% 2.1% -3.3%
MSCI Brazil Minimum Volatility (USD) Index -0.6% 0.0% -0.9% -12.9% -12.0% -7.7% -5.2% 0.8% -3.0%
MSCI Brazil High Dividend Yield Index -0.6% 2.2% 1.0% -12.5% -14.4% -8.9% -12.5% -3.9% -10.1%
MSCI Brazil Quality Index -0.1% -0.4% -2.7% -18.1% -20.5% -17.6% -2.6% 1.0% -2.7%
MSCI Brazil Momentum Index -0.5% 0.6% -1.8% -22.7% -25.7% -21.2% -1.5% 6.3% 1.6%
MSCI Brazil Enhanced Value Index -0.7% 2.8% 3.6% -11.6% -6.0% -0.9% -6.1% 4.1% -3.9%
MSCI Brazil Equal Weighted Index 0.3% 0.3% -2.7% -18.1% -18.8% -15.1% -4.7% 3.6% -2.2%
Gross Performance as of 12/03/2021 in USD
Index Name 1D 1W 1M 3M YTD 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y
MSCI EM Latin America Index -0.7% 2.2% -2.0% -13.9% -11.0% -7.1% -4.0% 2.0% -2.5%
MSCI EM Latin America Minimum Volatility (USD) Index -0.5% 0.4% -2.7% -11.7% -9.4% -6.4% -4.1% 1.4% -2.0%
MSCI EM Latin America High Dividend Yield Index -0.1% 3.6% 0.2% -11.0% -15.4% -9.8% -0.7% 2.4% -5.5%
MSCI EM Latin America Quality Index -0.3% 0.5% -5.2% -15.4% -15.1% -12.2% -2.3% 0.6% -2.6%
MSCI EM Latin America Momentum Index -1.0% 2.2% -1.8% -19.2% -16.7% -11.9% -3.3% 3.8% 0.3%
MSCI EM Latin America Enhanced Value Index -0.9% 4.1% 3.4% -8.3% -0.5% 4.0% -3.4% 4.4% -3.3%
MSCI EM Latin America Equal Weighted Index -0.3% 1.3% -3.4% -13.5% -11.9% -8.4% -4.2% 1.9% -1.8%

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Key indicators of factor performance

Key indicators of factor performance

Factors have outperformed in the long run compared to the wider market. However, factors have historically been cyclical to broad and changing market conditions, such as macro environment, valuations, recent performance trends and risk sentiment.

We study the performance of factors in various economic regimes and present it across these key pillars.


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Exposures from MSCI’s adaptive multi-factor allocation model

Exposures from MSCI’s adaptive multi-factor allocation model

As of Sept. 30, 2021. Positive exposures are denoted as + or ++, negative as - or --, neutral as N.

 

Key highlights

  • The macro-cycle pillar indicated an overweight to quality, low volatility and momentum, based on ”slowdown” signals from the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s ADS Index and PMI.
  • The valuation pillar overweighted low size, value and momentum based on the valuation gap compared to an equal-weighted factor mix in the context of nearly 30 years of a factor’s history.

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Factors in Focus

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Factor returns have been highly cyclical during certain market environments, and their performance varies in different macro regimes. In our Factors in Focus quarterly series, we highlight and analyze the most recent quarterly factor performance.


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