An index that provides access to developed markets outside the United States

  • Objective – Capture equity performance from developed markets countries excluding the U.S. and Canada1
  • Approach – Cap weighted international
  • Holdings – 783 large and mid cap companies
  • Features – Exposure to factors including value, yield and low volatility relative to a broad global index2
  • Ticker – MXEA

Country weights

MSCI EAFE Country Weights

Historical Performance

MSCI EAFE Historical Chart

Annual Performance

Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Annual Return -7.3% -3.3% -1.9% 21.8% -16.1% 18.4% 5.4% 8.8% -16.8% 15.0%

Sector breakdown


The MSCI EAFE Index is a widely recognized international equities index consisting of large companies across developed countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index includes equities across a range of industries and regions, providing broad opportunities for growth.

The Nationwide Defined Protection® Annuity 2.0 is not available in MO, MT, NY, OR, VA, VI as of 7/12/24.

1 Developed Markets countries in the MSCI EAFE Index include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

2 MSCI FaCS provides absolute factor exposures relative to a broad global index – MSCI ACWI IMI. MSCI FaCS is a standard method for evaluating and reporting the Factor characteristics of equity portfolios. MSCI FaCS consists of Factor Groups (e.g. Value, Size, Momentum, Quality, Yield and Volatility) that have been extensively documented in academic literature and validated by MSCI Research as key drivers of risk and return in equity portfolios. For more information, please visit

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Nationwide Defined Protection® Annuity 2.0 is an individual single purchase payment deferred annuity with index-linked strategies issued by Nationwide Life Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio. The general distributor is Nationwide Investment Services Corporation, Member FINRA. Please note that the Nationwide Defined Protection® Annuity 2.0 does not directly invest in an index. The product includes index strategies which follow market performance; however, they are not actual investments in the stock market.

This Index does not include income from any dividends paid by component companies. The exclusion of dividends from an Index may lower the Index Performance, particularly over the course of time.

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