What Does the MSCI Measure?


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MSCI maintains a range of indices that measure different segments of the international stock market, such as emerging markets, developed markets and individual country markets. There are more than 160,000 MSCI indices that investors can use to benchmark specific aspects of their portfolios.

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The MSCI EAFE Index is one widely used index that measures large and mid-cap international equities in developed countries outside the United States and Canada. The MSCI USA Index provides a broad measure of the U.S. stock market. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index measures stocks in 23 emerging market economies. There are more than 750 exchange traded funds that are based on the most popular MSCI indices.

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