MSCI ACWI - All Country World Index


DEFINITION of 'MSCI ACWI - All Country World Index'

A market capitalization weighted index designed to provide a broad measure of equity-market performance throughout the world. The MSCI ACWI is maintained by Morgan Stanley Capital International, and is comprised of stocks from both developed and emerging markets.

BREAKING DOWN 'MSCI ACWI - All Country World Index'

As of January 2009, this index contains stocks from 46 different countries. There are 23 countires classified as developed markets and 23 countries considered emerging markets. Typically the index is built first at the country level, and then the 46 indexes are aggregated into the MSCI All Country World Index. A similar index exists that contains the same countries with the exception of the U.S. - the MSCI ACWI Ex-U.S.

  1. Lesser-Developed Country - LDC

    A country that is considered lacking in terms of its economy, ...
  2. Index

    A statistical measure of change in an economy or a securities ...
  3. MSCI Emerging Markets Index

    An index created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) ...
  4. Morgan Stanley Capital International ...

    A market-capitalization-weighted index maintained by Morgan Stanley ...
  5. MSCI Inc

    An investment research firm that provides indices, portfolio ...
  6. Emerging Market Economy

    A nation's economy that is progressing toward becoming advanced, ...
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