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Equity factor investing was pioneered in the 1970s based on the research, data and analytics created by Barra – today part of MSCI. In recent years, MSCI has developed a broad range of indexes and analytical models that provide institutional investors with tools for evaluating factors and incorporating factor strategies into their portfolios.
We are continuing to break new ground in factor research. A study we conducted for Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund – the largest pension fund in the world – explored ways to use factor strategies alongside traditional active and passive allocations. We recently introduced a new series of indexes, MSCI Diversified Multiple-Factor Indexes, which use Barra risk tools to maintain optimal exposure to a diversified set of factors while keeping risk at the level of an underlying parent index.
Passive factor allocations combine attractive elements of both traditional passive and active mandates
MSCI Factor Models
Approach: Calibrate factor models to different investment time horizons
- Long-Term: Track portfolio risk through different economic and market cycles
- Medium-Term: Commonly used for performance attribution and risk monitoring
- Short-Term: Designed for analyzing risk in short term portfolios, such as daily trading and risk monitoring
Factor research papers
- Flight to Quality: Understanding Factor Investing
- Finding Value: Understanding Factor Investing
- Foundations of Factor Investing
- Harvesting Risk Premia for Large Scale Portfolios
- Harvesting Risk Premia with Strategy Indexes
- Applications of Systematic Indexes in the Investment Process
- Portfolio of Risk Premia: a new approach to diversification
- Incorporating Risk Premia Mandates in a Strategic Allocation-A Case Study
- Can Alpha be Captured by Risk Premia?
MSCI Factor Indexes
Approach: Construct indexes that track of the performance of six factors that have historically outperformed the broad market over long periods of time.
Interview with Diana Tidd, Head of Equity Index Products