The best World ETFs

How to invest globally in stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the global stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at a low cost by using ETFs.

In this curated investment guide, you will find all ETFs that allow you to invest broadly diversified in stocks worldwide. Currently, there are 7 ETFs available.

The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs tracking stocks from countries worldwide is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.45% p.a..

 
0.20% p.a. - 0.45% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of World ETFs
tracking stocks from countries worldwide, which are tracked by ETFs
that track a broadly diversified World index
 
The best indices for World ETFs

How do I invest in companies around the world?

Investing in the global equity market can be very easy and cost-effective by using a single ETF that tracks a broadly diversified world index that is weighted by market capitalisation. Such global indices are available for developed markets, emerging markets or both regions combined. If you want to cover developed and emerging markets from all over the world with just one ETF, the following indices can be considered:
  This investment guide allows you to compare both the available ETFs and the underlying indices on developed and emerging markets worldwide and to select an ETF that fits your preferences best. As an alternative to a single-ETF solution, you may also combine a developed markets ETF and an emerging markets ETF to form a simple portfolio. The result: greater flexibility and even potentially lower costs.

Additional world ETFs which focus on specific equity strategies or investment trends can be easily found in our ETF screener. Furthermore, we provide you with curated investment guides on various topics, such as sustainable world ETFs and global dividend ETFs.
 

Performance of broadly diversified World indices in comparison

Source: justETF Research; As of 27.09.21; Performance over 1 year in EUR.

 

Indices in comparison

Indices on stocks from countries worldwide

The best indices for World ETFs

For an investment in stocks from countries worldwide, there are 3 indices available that are tracked by 7 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.45% p.a.. Depending on the market environment, stocks from a single country can make up large parts of an index. You can find more information regarding the concentration of countries, companies and sectors in the index factsheets linked below.
 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE All-World World 2 ETFs 4,027
(30.07.21)
The FTSE All-World index tracks stocks from developed and emerging countries worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI All Country World (ACWI) World 4 ETFs 2,964
(31.08.21)
The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) tracks large- and mid-cap stocks from 23 developed and 27 emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI All Country World Investable Market (ACWI IMI) World 1 ETF 9,225
(31.08.21)
The MSCI All Country World Investable Market Index (ACWI IMI) tracks stocks from 23 developed and 27 emerging markets worldwide. It covers securities across large, mid and small cap size segments.
Index factsheet
Index 1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
FTSE All-World 2.97% 7.56% 16.40% 29.60% 46.72% 82.58%
MSCI All Country World (ACWI) 3.02% 8.10% 16.63% 30.03% 46.19% 81.73%
MSCI All Country World Investable Market (ACWI IMI) 2.90% 7.30% 15.80% 30.63% 43.71% 78.91%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.08.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

ETFs in comparison

ETFs tracking stocks from countries worldwide

All World ETFs in comparison

In the table below we have listed the currently available World ETFs. Via the "Properties" and "Performance" tabs, you can find detailed information on these ETFs and sort them according to your desired criterion. More information about the different criteria when choosing an ETF can be found in our article on ETF selection.
 
ETF
ISIN
Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B3RBWM25 7,613 0.22% p.a. 22.05.12 Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF (USD) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQT80 3,051 0.22% p.a. 23.07.19 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI ACWI UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B6R52259 2,844 0.20% p.a. 21.10.11 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
SPDR MSCI ACWI UCITS ETFIE00B44Z5B48 2,487 0.40% p.a. 13.05.11 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI AC World UCITS ETF 1CIE00BGHQ0G80 1,167 0.25% p.a. 10.02.14 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI All Country World UCITS ETF - Acc (EUR)LU1829220216 591 0.45% p.a. 05.09.11 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI ACWI IMI UCITS ETFIE00B3YLTY66 389 0.40% p.a. 13.05.11 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
ETF
ISIN
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B3RBWM25 2.97% 7.56% 16.40% 29.60% 46.72% 82.58%
Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF (USD) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQT80 2.97% 7.56% 16.40% 29.61% - -
iShares MSCI ACWI UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B6R52259 3.02% 8.10% 16.63% 30.03% 46.19% 81.73%
SPDR MSCI ACWI UCITS ETFIE00B44Z5B48 2.93% 7.67% 16.51% 29.56% 46.21% 81.88%
Xtrackers MSCI AC World UCITS ETF 1CIE00BGHQ0G80 2.98% 8.23% 17.15% 30.35% 47.13% 83.12%
Lyxor MSCI All Country World UCITS ETF - Acc (EUR)LU1829220216 2.95% 8.40% 16.91% 30.09% 46.42% 82.26%
SPDR MSCI ACWI IMI UCITS ETFIE00B3YLTY66 2.90% 7.30% 15.80% 30.63% 43.71% 78.91%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.08.21