What Information Does the MSCI World Index Provide?


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The Morgan Stanley Capital International World Index provides a global equity benchmark of the markets in 23 developed countries, according to NASDAQ. The index measures the performance of large and mid-cap equities in these markets. The index does not take into account the equities’ exposures to emerging markets and is therefore an industry standard of global equity performances for developed countries, states the MSCI website.

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The MSCI website has a graph that displays the value of the index for the months of January and July of each year from 2011 to 2015. Some of the countries included in this index are Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and Austria, according to MSCI. As of 2015, the MSCI World Index covers 85 percent of the market capitalization in each of the countries included in the index.

The MSCI provides research-based tools to institutional investors. Asset owners and investors use MSCI’s benchmarks, such as the World Index, to ensure that they receive risk-adjusted returns on their investments. The World Index is also a trusted research source and provides security-level data, reports the company website. MSCI licensed its first equity index product in 1969. The company has been a fully independent public company since May 2009.

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