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  1. U.S. cap-weighted, small-cap benchmarks have historically displayed structural biases that affect performance. For example, small-cap indexes have sector, revenue and style tilts compared to the broad U.S. market.

  2. As an asset class, real estate typically has a high degree of home bias, especially when compared to equities and fixed income. However, this home bias is starting to erode, with asset owners in most countries already investing internationally or actively exploring options for building off-shore exposures.

  3. Maintaining a “home bias” in the equity portfolio may come with huge opportunity costs. In a 2012 study MSCI prepared for Norway’s Ministry of Finance, we examined...

  4. After the global financial crisis of 2008, investors and regulators realized that liquidity risk in multi-asset class portfolios could no longer be overlooked. Too many risk models had assumed ample funding and low trading costs, which contributed to the meltdown.

  5. Systematic Equity Strategies, when represented as factors in risk models, allow investment managers to better monitor the sources of risk and return in equity portfolios. We believe that they also improve forecast accuracy and help construction of portfolios that tilt towards (or away from) these strategies, which are rules-based or computer-based implementations.

  6. Global property has delivered another stellar year of performance of 9.9%, the fifth consecutive year of strong returns since the financial crisis, and the best performance since 2007. A series of countries performed particularly well over the past year, most notably Ireland with a record return of 40%, but also the U.K. (17.9%) and U.S. (11.5%).

  7. Climate change presents one of the biggest economic and political challenges of the 21st century, and yet investors are only starting to explore the effect these changes could have on financial assets. A key concern is the potential effect on portfolios of “carbon stranded assets.”

  8. We head into the new year with the backdrop of swooning oil prices and (re)newed geopolitical fault‐lines, juxtaposed against a return to growth in the US and emergence of the next generation of tech darlings.

  9. The classic 60:40 mix of stocks and bonds has shifted to a 40:40:20 mix of stocks, bonds and alternatives, according to the 2014 MSCI Asset Owner survey.

  10. When RiskMetrics, now a part of MSCI, announced Value-at-Risk (VaR) as its stated measure of risk in 1996, it initiated an industry standard for institutional risk management that was quickly adopted by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for its internal capital adequacy models.

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