I would like to invest in ETFs via an online broker in Germany (I use Flatex). I would like to buy an ETF tracking the MSCI World Index.

The two main options I am considering are Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSE “VT") and IShares MSCI World ETF (“URTH”). I know that Vanguard’s World ETF is not exactly tracking MSCI, but it is very close – and considering the lower fees, I would prefer to go for this option.

When I search for Vanguard Total World Stock in Flatex I only get Vanguard t.wld st.idx. Is this equivalent to NYSE’s “VT”?

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    That Vanguard fund tracks the FTSE Global All Cap Index. Which is arguably a "better index" than MSCI World, at least if you wanted more diversification into smaller capitalization companies and emerging markets. More on this in this answer: money.stackexchange.com/a/123809/35887 . – timday May 31 '20 at 22:23
  • Thanks @timday, that makes sense, but is "Vanguard t.wld st.idx" in flatex the same as VWRL? – OO_SE Jun 2 '20 at 19:31
  • Not sure as I only know about Vanguard's products in the UK and I know nothing about flatex. However I do know that over here their VWRL ETF tracks the FTSE All World index. And there are no "Total World" named products here, but when I google that name I only find the US ETF tracking the FTSE Global AllCap index. If they're tracking different indices, obviously they're different things. – timday Jun 2 '20 at 21:36

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