MSCI is the leading index supplier of global equities. Especially the family of modern indices is very popular among ETF providers. iShares and many other ETF suppliers make use of MSCI’s indices in creating ETF’s that suit ETF investors with a regional interest. Here we will discuss the major MSCI ETF’s that are traded on the markets.
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF
The MSCI Emerging Markets index covers 24 emerging countries with more than 800 companies included. China, South Korea and Taiwan are the major contributors to this MSCI index and it covers many market sectors.
I love to trade this ETF as it gives you access to a very well balanced and weighted group of companies coming from all corners of the emerging world.
HSBC MSCI China ETF
MSCI offers different China indices. Within the MSCI China A index you will find companies that are only being traded within China. It is prohibited for foreigners to buy these shares. HSBC however opted to offer an ETF that comprises of the international Chinese shares that are allowed to be traded by foreigners.
This HSBC ETF tracks the MSCI China A International index that includes companies like Kweichow Moutai and Ping An Insurance.
Lyxor MSCI World Industrials ETF
This MSCI index is tracking the performance of more than 250 global industrial companies. The spread among companies and regions is great and it is an ETF I closely follow.
iShares MSCI World ETF
This ETF is by far the most popular ETF based upon an MSCI ETF. I do not trade it myself as I prefer the Think Global ETF. But I do trade the underlying MSCI World indices by market sector.
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF
This ETF is following the MSCI Emerging Markets index for low volatility companies. This MSCI index is a very special one as it depicts companies that are originated from emerging markets but they are more conservative in character than the majority of companies traded in emerging markets. So you will be able to invest in interesting upcoming markets without all the risks accompanied by these regions.
iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF
If you would think that MSCI only tracks equity markets you are wrong. With this Silver Miners index MSCI is tracking the performance of about 30 major silver mines. The index predominantly covers mines in Canada, the UK and the USA.
Lyxor MSCI World Health Care ETF
MSCI is very good in gauging the performance of market sectors. These market sector indices lead up to the large MSCI World index. But I myself prefer some market sector indices by themselves. This Lyxor ETF tracks the global Health Care market and it comprises about 125 companies active in this growing business.
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