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MSCI World Index

The MSCI World Index, which is part of The Modern Index Strategy, is a broad global equity benchmark that represents large and mid-cap equity performance across 23 developed markets countries. It covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country and MSCI World benchmark does not offer exposure to emerging markets.

1 As of Dec 31, 2016, as reported on March 31, 2017 by eVestment, Morningstar and Bloomberg.
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MSCI World: How do you see the world?

The MSCI World Index represents approximately 89% of the MSCI ACWI Index



  • MSCI World Index: Covers more than 1,600 securities across large and mid-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 23 developed markets.
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  • MSCI World Investable Market Index (IMI): Covers more than 4,500 securities across large, mid and small-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 23 developed markets.
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  • MSCI World All Cap Index: Covers a comprehensive set of approximately 6,100 securities and includes large, mid, small and micro-cap size segments for all 23 developed markets countries.
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The MSCI World Index is a broad global developed markets equity benchmark designed to support:

  • Asset allocation: Consistent, broad representation of the performance of developed equity markets worldwide, without home bias.
  • Performance measurement and attribution: Respected industry benchmark for global equity mandates without emerging markets equity exposure, with regional, sector and other subsets available for more targeted investment mandates.
  • Research: A trusted source for global developed markets indexes and underlying security-level data for sell-side research.
  • Investment product development: can 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 World Indexes offer a building block approach with a rules-based, consistent and transparent methodology.

Using MSCI World as a framework to build global developed market equity portfolios can help to avoid unintended bets and risks.

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

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