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Key People Henry A. Fernandez, CEO and Chairman
Products indices and performance analytics

MSCI is a provider of investment decision tools to investment institutions worldwide. MSCI products include indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics for use in managing equity, fixed income and multi-asset class portfolios.

MSCI calculates over 100,000 equity, REIT and hedge fund indices daily. Since MSCI global equity benchmarks were first launched in 1968, 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.

Key Events

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.

In 2004 MSCI acquired Barra, a risk management and portfolio analytics firm.[1]

In 2007, MSCI Barra was spun off from Morgan Stanley in an IPO, listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol MSCI.

In June 2010, MSCI acquired RiskMetrics Group, a firm specializing in credit and market risk analytics, in a deal valued at approximately $1.55 billion.[2] Later that year, MSCI acquired Measurisk, a risk measurement too set for the hedge fund community. The platform is now called the MSCI RiskMetrics HedgePlatform.

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. [3] 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.[4]

In March 2013, NYSE Liffe and MSCI extended their licensing agreement through November 1, 2021.[5]

On December 10, 2014 CBOE Holdings announced a licensing agreement with MSCI Inc. to offer options trading on several MSCI indexes exclusively on the CBOE. The six indexes included in the agreement are the MSCI EAFE Index, MSCI Emerging Markets Index, MSCI ACWI Index, MSCI USA Index, MSCI World Index and the MSCI ACWI ex-USA Index. CBOE plans to offer options trading in the first quarter of 2015, pending regulatory approval, on the MSCI EAFE Index and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, two of MSCI's best-known indexes. The exchange plans to list options on the four other MSCI Indexes later in 2015.[6]

In June of 2017 MSCI decided to add China A-shares (stocks denominated in yuan and listed in either Shanghai or Shenzhen) to its Emerging Markets Index after having rejected the shares in each of the past three years. MSCI in the past cited concerns over the openness and transparency of Chinese markets for the rejection.[7]

Products and Services


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.[8]

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. [9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

Key People


  1. About Us. MSCI Barra.
  2. MSCI To Acquire RiskMetrics Group. Automated Trader.
  3. NYSE Liffe U.S. to Become Sole U.S. Exchange for MSCI-Based Futures. NYSE website.
  4. Press Release. NYSE Euronext.
  5. NYSE Liffe U.S. and MSCI Extend Index Licensing Agreement. NYSE Euronext.
  6. CBOE Enters into Agreement with MSCI Inc. to List Index Options. CBOE.
  7. MSCI to Add China Shares to Indexes, Opening Market to More Foreign Investors. The Wall Street Journal.
  8. US Equity Indexes. MSCI Barra.
  9. MSCI Regional Equity Indices. MSCI Barra.
  10. MSCI Emerging Markets Indices. MSCI.
  11. MSCI India Index. MSCI.