SA #10: ACWI Vs. VT – Vanguard Wins Again

ACWI Vs. VT: Vanguard Wins Again
January 30, 2023


  • In this article, I focus on the iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI) and how it compares to the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT).
  • For the longest common period since June 2008, ACWI currently lags VT by about 14%-points or 41 basis points per year.
  • The performance gap mostly comes from different underlying indices. VT tracks an index with >9,400 stocks whereas ACWI ignores small caps and “only” holds about 2,800 positions.
  • ACWI is thus farther away from the academic idea of truly passive investing (holding a market-cap weighted portfolio of all investable stocks).
  • ACWI also comes with higher fees (0.32% TER vs. 0.07% for VT). For investors who seek passive exposure to global stock markets, VT therefore seems the better choice.
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