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All You Need To Know About Major World Indices

All You Need To Know About Major World Indices

Major world indices pretty much do the same thing, they help investors analyze and describe the market to help them compare their investments. Several stock market indices, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds try to track these indices on a global, regional, and national scale to offer investors information regarding exposure to any given market. 

Major world indices also include global stock market indices like the MSCI World Index that tracks large and mid-cap equities covering 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization (in each country) across 23 developed nations.

What are the most popular global stock market indices?

Before we get into the most popular global market indices, it’s important to note at this juncture that they don’t offer exposure to frontier markets or emerging markets as they are still too small to include in this particular list.

 The most popular indices around the globe include the following: 

  • Dow Jones Global Titans 50
  • FTSE All-World Index
  • MSCI World Index
  • Russell Global Index
  • Regional Stock Market Index
  • Regional stock market index that tracks equities from specific regions
  • S&P Global 100 Index
  • S&P Global 1200 Index 

Major world indices also may cover Asian, European, and Latin American equities to help investors analyze and compare the performance of specific countries to the general area and ascertain what assets are underperforming or overperforming. 

The funds that are tied to these indices can also help build exposure to specific geographical locations around the planet. 

What are the most popular regional stock market indices?

There are more major world indices that cover regions or continents such as Asia and Latin America. Of these, the most popular ones include the following:

 Asia

  • Dow Jones Asian Titan 50 Index
  • FTSE ASEAN 40 Index
  • S&P Asia 50 Index 

Europe

  • Euro Stoxx 50 Index
  • FTSE Euro 100 Index
  • S&P Europe 350 Index 

Latin America

  • S&P Latin America 40 Index
  • National Stock Market Indices 

If you look at it on a national scale, you will be able to provide exposure to individual countries. More often than not, these indices will consist of mostly large-cap stocks that are quite similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the U.S. 

The most popular national stock market indices include the following: 

Brazil

  • Bovespa Stock Index
  • IBrX Stock Index
  • ITEL Stock Index 

Canada

  • S&P TSX 60 Index
  • S&P TSX Composite Index
  • S&P TSX Venture Composite Index

China

  • CSI 300 Index
  • SSE Composite Index
  • SZSE Component Index 

France

  • CAC 40 Index
  • CAC Mid 60 Index
  • CAC Next 20 Index

Germany

  • DAX 30 Index
  • MDAX Index
  • TecDAX Index 

India

  • Bombay Stock Market Index
  • MCX Stock Exchange Index
  • National Stock Exchange of India Index 

Italy

  • FTSE Italia Mid Cap Index
  • FTSE MIB Index
  • MIBTel Index

Japan

  • JPX-Nikkei 400 Index
  • Nikkei 225 Index
  • Topic Index 

South Korea

  • KOSDAQ Index
  • KOSPI Index 

United Kingdom

  • FTSE All-Share Index
  • FTSE 100 Index
  • FTSE techMark Index 

There are also other major world indices that are highly specialized for certain types of demographics. The best example of these are the Shariah Index and the S&P Islamic Index that is focused on adhering to Islamic laws