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MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, today published the year-to-date (YTD) 2012 performance of its MSCI Indices, revealing a vigorous rebound in global equity markets, following the global slowdown experienced in 2011.
Major financial markets worldwide showed healthy double digit returns across all size segments for 2012. The
MSCI ACWI Investable Market Index (IMI), comprised of close to 9,000 large, mid and small cap securities across 24 Developed and 21 Emerging Markets countries, for example, delivered a 2012 YTD return of 13.45% versus a loss of -9.87% in 2011.
MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index bested all other MSCI ACWI index capitalization segments for 2012 YTD, with a return of 15.17% versus returns of 14.21% and 12.99% over the period for the
MSCI ACWI Mid Cap and
Large Cap Indices, respectively.
MSCI ACWI IMI/Financials outperformed all other global sectors, returning 24.13% for 2012 YTD. Laggard sectors included the
MSCI ACWI IMI/Telecommunications Services and
MSCI ACWI IMI/Utilities which returned 4.29% and -0.71% for the period.
Nearly the entire range of country and regional MSCI Developed Markets (DM) Indices delivered strong positive returns for 2012 YTD. The two main MSCI DM flagship indices—the
MSCI World Index and
MSCI EAFE—returned 13.00% and 13.96%, respectively, while even higher returns prevailed in many European countries and regions. The
MSCI EMU and
Europe Indices, for example, delivered 2012 YTD returns of 18.34% and 15.87%. The highest DM country performers were all European: the
MSCI Belgium Index was at the top, returning 37.58% for 2012 YTD, followed by the
MSCI Denmark and
Germany Indices, with returns of 30.32% and 28.12%, respectively. The only three DM countries with negative returns for 2012 YTD were the
MSCI Spain, Greece and
Israel Indices which produced losses of -1.90%, -2.53% and -6.95%, respectively.
The MSCI DM Small Cap Indices outperformed their mid and large cap counterparts across the majority of countries and regions for 2012 YTD. The
MSCI Europe Small Cap Index returned 25.76% (nearly 10% more than the
MSCI Europe Index), for example, while the
MSCI World Small Cap Index produced a return of 14.75% over the period.
The MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Indices posted a slightly wider range of positive results relative to the Developed Markets. The
MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned 14.52% for 2012 YTD, which was somewhat below average in comparison to its constituent regions and countries. The top performing region
MSCI EM Eastern Europe ex Russia Index which provided a 25.62% return for 2012 YTD,
followed by the
MSCI EM Europe Index with a 20.46% return for the period. The three stand-out performers among the Emerging Markets countries were the
MSCI Turkey, Egypt and
Philippines Indices, with
2012 YTD returns of 60.59%, 46.90% and 43.17%, respectively. The
MSCI Czech Republic, Brazil and
Morocco Indices were the only Emerging Markets countries to deliver negative 2012 YTD results, with returns of -3.49%, -4.37% and -16.15%.
Reinforcing the global small cap dominance trend, the
MSCI EM Small Cap Index outperformed its large- and mid-cap sibling (the MSCI EM Index), returning 18.56% for 2012 YTD.
The MSCI Frontier Markets Indices produced the most widely dispersed results for 2012 YTD. The
MSCI Frontier Markets Index returned 4.60% over the period. The
MSCI Frontier Markets Africa Index was the top-performing regional Frontier Markets index, delivering a 2012 YTD return of 44.88%. The top three single country Frontier Markets index performers for 2012 YTD included the
MSCI Kenya, Nigeria and
Estonia Indices which posted returns of 54.16%, 52.82%, and 44.98%, respectively. More than half of the FM countries delivered negative 2012 YTD returns. The bottom performers were the
MSCI Bulgaria, Argentina, and
Ukraine Indices with 2012 YTD returns of -32.78%, -37.49% and -49.33%, respectively.
Historical index levels for the full range of MSCI Indices are available at
1 All year-to-date (YTD) 2012 index performance data is based on price index levels in USD for the periods 1 January 2012 – 27 December 2012.
MSCI Indices Performance Table—YTD 2012
YTD 20121 Jan 2012 – 27 Dec 2012
MSCI All Country (AC) Indices
MSCI ACWI IMI/Financials
MSCI Zhong Hua Index 2
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan Index
MSCI AC Europe Index
MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index
MSCI ACWI Mid Cap Index
MSCI ACWI Investable Market Index (IMI)
MSCI ACWI Index
MSCI ACWI Large Cap Index
MSCI ACWI IMI/Telecom Services
MSCI ACWI IMI/Utilities
MSCI Developed Markets (DM) Indices
MSCI Belgium Index
MSCI Denmark Index
MSCI Germany Index
2The MSCI Zhong Hua Index captures large and mid cap representation across China securities available to non-domestic investors and includes: China H shares, B shares, Red chips and P chips, together with China securities listed on the Hong Kong exchange.
MSCI Developed Markets (DM) Indices, cont.
MSCI Europe Small Cap Index
MSCI Nordic Countries Index
MSCI Pacific ex Japan Index
MSCI Europe ex UK Index
MSCI EMU Index
MSCI Europe Index
MSCI USA Small Cap Index
MSCI World Small Cap Index
MSCI EAFE Index
MSCI World Index
MSCI USA Index
MSCI Spain Index
MSCI Greece Index
MSCI Israel Index
MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Indices
MSCI Turkey Index
MSCI Egypt Index
MSCI Philippines Index
MSCI EM Eastern Europe ex Russia Index
MSCI EM Europe & Middle East IMI
MSCI EM Europe Index
MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Index
MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Index
MSCI Brazil Index
MSCI Czech Republic Index
MSCI Morocco Index
MSCI Frontier Markets (FM) Indices
MSCI Kenya Index
MSCI Nigeria Index
MSCI Estonia Index
MSCI FM Africa Index
MSCI Frontier Markets (FM) Index
MSCI Bulgaria Index
MSCI Argentina Index
MSCI Ukraine Index
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