Comparison S&P500 vs MSCI World

Summary

Below you find the annualized returns for S&P500 and MSCI World on a 10 year, 15 year and 20 year basis. As you can see in the table, there are only a couple of years that MSCI world outpaces the S&P500. If you look closer at the graph however, it is clear that this is heavily impacted by the Japanese asset bubble. Before that they were quite evenly matched. Who will perform best in the future? It's hard to say. Past performance is no guarantee for future performance. There are those that say that MSCI World is better diversified.

MSCI World vs S&P500 annualized returns (Gross) (USD) Graph

MSCI World vs S&P500 annualized returns since 1970 (Gross) (USD)

Year
10y
S&P10y
15y
S&P15y
20y
S&P20y
1978
5.69%
1979
7.17%
5.86%
1980
7.88%
8.45%
1981
5.27%
6.47%
1982
8.08%
6.70%
1983
13.51%
10.63%
8.33%
1984
10.82%
14.78%
8.88%
8.76%
1985
13.19%
14.32%
10.12%
10.49%
1986
17.06%
13.83%
11.19%
10.76%
1987
16.92%
15.27%
13.53%
9.86%
1988
18.04%
16.31%
17.34%
12.17%
12.36%
1989
17.03%
17.55%
16.27%
16.61%
13.37%
11.55%
1990
15.32%
13.93%
13.83%
13.94%
11.35%
11.16%
1991
16.09%
17.59%
15.00%
14.34%
11.14%
11.90%
1992
13.15%
16.17%
13.37%
15.47%
11.75%
11.34%
1993
14.88%
14.93%
14.04%
15.72%
14.51%
12.76%
1994
11.54%
14.38%
12.60%
14.52%
13.14%
14.58%
1995
9.74%
14.88%
14.32%
14.81%
13.45%
14.60%
1996
9.48%
15.29%
14.50%
16.80%
14.09%
14.56%
1997
8.77%
18.05%
14.05%
17.52%
13.99%
16.65%
1998
9.46%
19.21%
15.32%
17.90%
14.57%
17.75%
1999
14.00%
18.21%
14.37%
18.93%
14.47%
17.88%
2000
10.50%
17.46%
10.66%
16.02%
13.87%
15.68%
2001
9.04%
12.94%
8.21%
13.74%
12.24%
15.24%
2002
4.50%
9.34%
5.14%
11.48%
9.87%
12.71%
2003
7.00%
11.07%
6.07%
12.22%
11.17%
12.98%
2004
6.45%
12.07%
8.38%
10.94%
10.03%
13.22%
2005
6.07%
9.07%
7.81%
11.52%
8.60%
11.94%
2006
6.47%
8.42%
9.52%
10.64%
8.78%
11.80%
2007
5.10%
5.91%
8.67%
10.49%
8.11%
11.82%
2008
-2.42%
1.38%
4.61%
6.46%
4.52%
8.43%
2009
1.63%
0.95%
5.14%
8.04%
6.89%
8.21%
2010
4.69%
1.41%
5.04%
6.76%
6.59%
9.14%
2011
6.44%
2.92%
3.63%
5.45%
6.57%
7.81%
2012
4.99%
7.10%
3.16%
4.47%
6.28%
8.22%
2013
6.04%
7.40%
3.27%
4.68%
7.28%
9.22%
2014
5.60%
7.67%
4.60%
4.24%
6.53%
9.85%
2015
3.60%
7.30%
5.85%
5.00%
5.82%
8.19%
2016
3.46%
6.94%
7.95%
6.69%
5.44%
7.68%
2017
11.23%
8.49%
7.36%
9.92%
5.36%
7.19%
2018
7.36%
13.12%
5.74%
7.77%
3.74%
5.62%