WLD

World

 

  

Portfolio Role

World funds track the cap-weighted stocks of every developed country around the world including the US and beyond.  It’s a true one-stop-shop for investors seeking exposure to the broad global stock market in a single fund.

Within the United States, a popular subset of World is World ex-US.  This excludes the US from the World fund, which makes sense for US investors seeking international exposure because the US makes up about half of the global market.  Many US-centric investors refer to World ex-US as “international”, although the tools here allow for true global international exposure for non-US investors.

 

Country Coverage

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Singapore
  • United States

 

Notes

The one global asset class excluded from World data on the site is emerging markets.  For reference, the historical average weighting of emerging markets relative to the total global market is on the order of ~7%.  World alone will still model an all-country fund pretty well, but if you’d like to model an all-country world index instead of a developed market world index, consider adding a dash of EM to the portfolio.