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Between 54-87% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Based on 69 brokers who display this data.

The Ultimate Guide to

Trading MSCI Indices

MSCI History

The MSCI Inc. licensed their first global equity indices in 1969, trading as Capital International. The indices were branded as Morgan Stanley Capital International after Morgan Stanley licensed them in 1986.

Since becoming a public company in 2007, they have acquired a range of businesses that have further broadened their offerings, including providers of risk analytics, governance, and measurment tools: Barra; RiskMetrics Group; and Measurisk.

MSCI became independent of Morgan Stanley following their divestment which completed in 2009.

Today, MSCI provide a range of solutions for institutional investors, including analysis tools and insight, based on their 40+ years of risk and performance research and expertise.

The MSCI Indices

The series of benchmark indices published by MSCI include the MSCI ACWI, MSCI World, and MSCI EAFE.

MSCI have developed a set of specific criteria used for the calculation of the indices, which include, value, volatility, financial leverage, and liquidity. The methodology used for calculating the indices is MSCI’s Global Investable Market Index (GIMI) which allows for regional and sectoral variations, and means that not only do the individual stocks within the index contribute to its movement, but trends affecting the entire market as a whole will also be reflected.


The MSCI ACWI is a global equity benchmark, incorporating the large and mid-cap stocks from the 24 emerging markets in the MSCI Emerging Markets index, and the 23 developed countries in the MSCI World Index. As at June 2017, there were over 2400 components, and 11 sectors included in the index. More than $2.8 trillion in assets were reported to be benchmarked to the MSCI ACWI index suite in December 2016, which includes the MSCI ACWI Index, ACWI Mid Cap Index, ACWI Large Cap Index, ACWI Investable Market Index (IMI), and ACWI Small Cap Index.


The MSCI EAFE incorporates mid and large-cap stocks from 21 developed markets across Europe, East Asia and Australasia, excluding the US and Canada. Around 85% of the adjusted free-float market cap for each of the countries is covered. In addition to the MSCI EAFE Index, the suite of indices under this bracket the MSCI EAFE Mid Cap Index, EAFE Investable Market Index (IMI), EAFE Large Cap Index, and EAFE Small Cap Index.

MSCI World

The main MSCI World Index is a weighted market capitalisation index composed of more than 1600 large and mid-cap stocks from 23 countries worldwide. 11 sectors are represented in the index, including financials, information technology, health care and industrials. The MSCI World suite of indices includes the MSCI World Index, World Mid Cap Index, World Investable Market Index (IMI), World Large Cap Index, and World Small Cap Index.

How to Trade the MSCI

There are many different ways to trade MSCI, including Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and contracts for difference (CFDs).

The iShares MSCI ACWI ETF is a fund which closely follows the performance of the MSCI ACWI Index by investing in the stocks included in the index in similar proportions to their weighting within the index. Units can be purchased or sold in this fund on the eToro trading platform, with x5 leverage. Plus500 also offer the ETF with a minimum trade of 50 shares, 0.11 spread, and 1:29 leverage. Whilst leverage can be helpful for increasing a trader’s exposure to markets, it should also be noted that this increases the risk of more significant losses.

On many broker platforms, ETFs are traded as CFDs. This means that the trader purchases contracts which speculate on the direction of the value of the ETF, either going long, which predicts that the fund value will rise, or going short, predicting that the value will fall.

Plus500 - MSCI Inc CFD

Plus500 – MSCI Inc CFD

In addition to trading the indices themselves, it is also possible to trade the company, MSCI Inc. as a CFD. For example, on the platform offered by regulated broker, Plus500, offer a minimum trade of 25 shares, with 0.14 spread and 1:10 leverage. This means that at a buy price of 115.48, the minimum margin required to open a trade is $290.10.

Other platforms enable trading in either the company MSCI Inc. or the indices include:

These parameters for opening a trade vary from broker to broker, and potential traders are advised to make inquiries concerning trade specifications before attempting to trade.

Between 54-87% of retail CFD accounts lose money. Based on 69 brokers who display this data.