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 – 829 large and mid cap companies
  • Ticker – MXEA
  • Features – Exposure to factors including value, yield and low volatility relative to a broad global index2

Country weights


Historical Performance


Annual Performance

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Annual Return 13.6% 19.4% -7.3% -3.3% -1.9% 21.8% -16.1% 18.4% 5.4% 8.8% -16.8%

Sector breakdown

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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.

As of 12/31/22

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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