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The buy-side is in an era of intense change. Regulatory pressure is increasing. Industry-wide consolidation is rampant. Outsourcing non-core processes is now commonplace. Demands for more speed and greater transparency are rising. And the entire operational role of data is transforming.

To compete effectively, buy-side firms must find a way to do more with less. This is the only way to deal with the implications of these trends. Namely, increased fee compression, higher data volumes and more complex data, and redundant, disparate workflows.

Improving efficiency requires investment in technology and operations. To succeed, firms need a partner with experience and expertise in both domains. MSCI is that partner, combining three core offerings to help you solve complex operational challenges. With MSCI Managed Solutions, you can expect:

  • Better informed decisions, faster
    Reduce redundant processes, improve consistency, and accelerate decision-making using trusted data for multiple enterprise applications.

  • Lower total costs and free up resources for value-add activities
    MSCI can design and operate a solution to streamline your internal systems and processes using a combination of MSCI’s content, technology and services. This can free up resources to focus on revenue- and growth-related tasks by reallocating FTE positions to more strategic roles.

  • Increase data and analytics quality
    Leverage MSCI’s automated data quality checks, analytic results monitoring, and established processes to ensure you are always working with the most accurate information. Reconciliation against client provided market values is included and can increase the consistency and integrity of the results.

  • More flexibility
    Because of MSCI’s experience working with the largest financial institutions globally we know how to design and implement a solution that can solve your current needs and evolve as your needs change.

  • Support for sustainable finance regulatory requirements
    MSCI Managed Solutions supports multiple regulatory and investor reports on ESG and Climate such as the EU’s new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). With the capability of high-volume reporting and customization, our solutions can help you build robust reporting systems tailored to your needs.
    • One time upload of your portfolio that can be leveraged across reports
    • We can process large numbers of portfolios across multiple asset classes
    • Reporting is scalable, customizable, and built to meet your needs




Three solutions for operational efficiency


Capture detailed information across the multi-asset spectrum

  • Client data
    Interface with +145 institutional custodians, fund administrators, and futures brokers
    +70M client positions
    +109 client data feeds


  • Market data
    Connect to all major market, holdings and transactions data sources
    +325K benchmarks from ~80 vendors
    +22.2M instruments
    +290K ETFs, mutual funds

All portfolio/benchmark/market data standardized to form one integrated data set

  • Unified structure can be used for reporting, analytics and research

  • Prepare data once and use it in any MSCI service or internal process
Operational Support
Automated quality check on collected data

Fully automated process runs +950 checks daily with an expanding set of diagnostic tools


Rejected asset remediation

Understand the rationale for rejection, resolve issues faster, ensure inputs to analytics are accurate

  • Proxy-to-cash: Rejected positions replaced with cash equivalent to market value

  • Rule-based proxy: Rejected asset types are covered according to preset rules

  • User-asset modeling: Firm establishes specific criteria


Market value verification

MSCI helps you ensure that you are always working from the most accurate information by:

  • Running data feeds through holdings-level reconciliation

  • Highlighting coverage of holdings and market value

  • Running reports for every input source and aggregate results

  • Examining all material market value differences compared to MSCI sources



High-quality data feeds MSCI analytics, client applications and data warehouses


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MSCI reporting services provides increased transparency, improved accuracy, and efficiency to help demonstrate value, strengthen client relationships and comply with regulatory requirements. Our solutions include standard, regulatory or customizable reports tailored to your needs.

  • Communicate with both internal and external stakeholders including regulators

    • Presentation ready reports that are easy to understand

    • Ready-to-use reports leveraging MSCI’s expertise and best practices gained from working with its broad client base

    • Reports include standard, custom, regulatory, ESG and Liquidity reporting

  • Understand and analyze analytic results

    • Detailed reporting including access to position level analytics, intermediate results and the underlying data

    • Seamlessly load large sets of analytics and data to your data warehouse or transition from an existing provider to MSCI

    • Easy-to-consume files covering your full investment universe, programmed to your specification


The standard, regulatory and custom reports are produced via MSCI’s high-volume batch processing infrastructure and covers various report formats including PDF, Excel, CSV and XML:

With MSCI Reporting Services you can have confidence in the quality and reliability of your business critical reports with analytic validation.

Analytic validation ensures that you are always working with the most accurate information:

  • MSCI monitors changes in risk statistics with respect to the last reporting cycle

  • Investigates breaches and reports the likely cause to the appropriate data management teams

  • Proposes solutions to avoid recurrences

Clients gain transparency on the results of the analytics validation, receiving a report after each processing:


Trusted specialists oversee your processes and maintain business continuity

  • Process monitoring, disaster recovery, user acceptance environment are included

  • 24/7 availability

  • Process 70 million imported positions daily

  • Process 1 trillion asset valuations daily


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Needs assessment


Deep dive to identify how best to address pain points and streamline operations

  • Evaluate operations holistically to find gaps and opportunities

  • Assess new and proven opportunities for improving data strategy

  • Understand tradeoffs between cloud computing and on-prem solutions

  • Improve efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO) over time

  • Proof of concept

Achieve peak efficiency faster with expert setup, installation, and integration

  • Project management: scope, launch, training, documentation, and more

  • Workflow automation, including data input and high-volume report generation

  • Business process analysis to determine ideal form/timing of output

  • Data analysis: asset class modeling, system diagnostics, proxy rule implementation

  • Transition from implementation to live operation
Staff extension

MSCI operational staff joins your team on-site to solve operational needs

  • Technical and functional expertise to support ad hoc risk analysis

  • Integration of MSCI analytics with third-party and internal systems

  • Management of additional data- or risk-related projects


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