MSCI World

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The MSCI World is a stock market index of 1,612[1] 'world' stocks. It is maintained by MSCI Inc., formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International, and is often used as a common benchmark for 'world' or 'global' stock funds.

The index includes a collection of stocks of all the developed markets in the world, as defined by MSCI. The index includes securities from 23 countries but excludes stocks from emerging and frontier economies making it less worldwide than the name suggests. A related index, the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), incorporated both developed and emerging countries. MSCI also produces a Frontier Markets index, including another 31 markets.

The MSCI World Index has been calculated since 1969,[2] in various forms: without dividends (Price Index), with net or with gross dividends reinvested (Net and Gross Index), in US dollars, Euro and local currencies.

Countries/regions[edit]

Many of the respective global companies use this MSCI index as the benchmark for the measurement of assets invested in the following countries:

Total annual returns[edit]

MSCI World 1969–2012
Year Gross Annual
Return[3] (a)
1970 −1.98%
1971 19.56%
1972 23.55%
1973 −14.51%
1974 −24.48%
1975 34.50%
1976 14.71%
1977 5.00%
1978 18.22%
1979 12.67%
1980 27.72%
1981 −3.30%
1982 11.27%
1983 23.28%
1984 5.77%
1985 41.77%
1986 42.80%
1987 16.76%
1988 23.95%
1989 17.19%
1990 −16.52%
1991 18.97%
1992 −4.66%
1993 23.13%
1994 5.58%
1995 21.32%
1996 14.00%
1997 16.23%
1998 24.80%
1999 25.34%
2000 −12.92%
2001 −16.52%
2002 −19.54%
2003 33.76%
2004 15.25%
2005 10.02%
2006 20.65%
2007 9.57%
2008 −40.33%
2009 30.79%
2010 12.34%
2011 −5.02%
2012 16.54%
2013 27.37%

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