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A leader in factor indexing
MSCI Factor Indexes are designed to capture the return of factors which have historically demonstrated excess market returns over the long run. These rules-based, transparent indexes target stocks with favorable factor characteristics – as backed by robust academic findings and empirical results – and are designed for simple implementation, replicability, and use for both traditional passive and active mandates.
Click on any of the factor icons below to learn more about the six MSCI single factors:
In addition to Single Factor Indexes we offer MSCI Multiple-Factor Indexes, which aim to give institutional investors a foundation for implementing multi-factor strategies transparently and efficiently. There are two key ways to gain multi-factor exposure:
- MSCI Diversified Multiple-Factor Indexes: Target outperformance while maintaining a risk profile similar to the parent index, using factor optimization.
- MSCI Factor Mix Indexes: Designed to represent the performance of equity in multiple factors, while benefiting from diversification and flexibility. The MSCI Factor Mix A-Series, MSCI Factor Mix A-Series Capped and MSCI Quality Mix (E-Series) are part of MSCI Factor Mix Indexes.
Our Factor Indexes can be used to support:
- Asset allocation: Adding a factor return component to portfolio strategies.
- Performance measurement and attribution: Benchmarks factor-driven performance of specific investment strategies, as well as defining factor-based stock universes.
- Research: A trusted source of data for sell-side research.
- Investment product development: May be licensed for use as the basis for structured products and other index-linked investment vehicles, such as ETFs and ETNs.
ADDITIONAL INSIGHTS AND RESEARCH
Factor Investing Basics
- Can Alpha be Captured by Risk Premia?
- Harvesting Risk Premia for Large Scale Portfolios
- Harvesting Risk Premia with Strategy Indexes
- Incorporating Risk Premia Mandates in a Strategic Allocation-A Case Study
- Portfolio of Risk Premia: a new approach to diversification
- Applications of Systematic Indexes in the Investment Process
- Factor Indexes in Perspective: Insights from 40 Years of Data Part I
- Factor Indexes in Perspective: Insights from 40 Years of Data Part II
Single Factor Investing
- Finding Value: Understanding Factor Investing
- Flight to Quality: Understanding Factor Investing
- Harvesting Equity Yield: Understanding Factor Investing
- Riding on Momentum: Understanding Factor Investing
- Constructing Low Volatility Strategies: Understanding Factor Investing
- One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding Factor Investing