|Key People||Henry A. Fernandez, CEO and Chairman|
|Products||indices and performance analytics|
MSCI Barra is a provider of investment decision tools to investment institutions worldwide. MSCI Barra products include indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics for use in managing equity, fixed income and multi-asset class portfolios.
MSCI Barra calculates over 100,000 equity, REIT and hedge fund indices daily. Since MSCI global equity benchmarks were first launched over 35 years ago, estimated assets benchmarked to MSCI indices have grown to over USD 3 trillion. In addition to benchmarking and performance measurement, MSCI indices are increasingly being integrated into other areas such as research and asset allocation, and used as the basis of derivative products.
The MSCI name was formed in 1986, when investment bank Morgan Stanley obtained licensing rights on Capital International Indices, a set of global stock market indices for non-US markets that had been published since 1968. In 1998, the unit was separated into MSCI, Inc.
MSCI and Barra joined together in 2004 when MSCI acquired Barra, a risk management and portfolio analytics firm.
On March 1, 2010, it was announced that MSCI Inc. would acquire RiskMetrics Group, a firm specializing in credit and market risk analytics, in a deal valued at approximately $1.55 billion. The deal closed on June 1, 2010.
On July 12, 2010, it was announced that NYSE Euronext would be the only U.S. exchange to offer MSCI-linked stock index futures. MSCI said that other contracts listed in the U.S. under its existing licenses would cease trading by June 17, 2011.  On or before this date, futures on two of MSCI's most widely tracked global benchmarks, MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI EAFE, would cease trading on CME Group and migrate to NYSE Liffe U.S.
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The MSCI US Broad Market Index represents approximately 99.5% of the capitalization of the US equity market. It is the aggregation of the MSCI US Investable Market 2500 and the Micro Cap Indices. The MSCI US Broad Market Index represents a greater proportion of the US equity market cap than the most commonly used broad market indices.
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. As of June 2007 the MSCI EAFE Index consisted of the following 21 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was launched in 1988. Since then the MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Indices have evolved considerably over time, moving from about 1% of the global equity opportunity set in 1988 to 14% in 2010. Today the MSCI Emerging Markets Indices cover over 2,600 securities in 21 markets that are currently classified as EM countries. The EM equity universe spans large, mid and small cap securities and can be segmented across styles and sectors.
The MSCI India Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Indian market. With 73 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Indian equity universe.
- Henry A. Fernandez, CEO
- David C. Brierwood, COO
- Michael K. Neborak, CFO
- C.D. Baer Pettit, Head of Client Coverage
- Gary Retelny, Head of Strategy and Business Development
- ↑ About Us. MSCI Barra.
- ↑ MSCI To Acquire RiskMetrics Group. Automated Trader.
- ↑ NYSE Liffe U.S. to Become Sole U.S. Exchange for MSCI-Based Futures. NYSE website.
- ↑ Press Release. NYSE Euronext.
- ↑ NYSE Liffe U.S. and MSCI Extend Index Licensing Agreement. NYSE Euronext.
- ↑ US Equity Indexes. MSCI Barra.
- ↑ MSCI Regional Equity Indices. MSCI Barra.
- ↑ MSCI Emerging Markets Indices. MSCI.
- ↑ MSCI India Index. MSCI.