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We are an independent provider of research-driven insights and tools for institutional investors.  We have deep expertise in the areas of risk and performance measurement that is based on more than 40 years of academic research, real-world experience and collaboration with our clients.

Our broad product line supports clients’ needs across all major asset classes and provides them with a consistent way of looking at risk and performance from front to middle office.  We have a highly flexible business model that enables clients to select the individual products and services they need and integrate them into their own investment processes and methodologies.

Asset owners use our research, data, benchmarks and multi-asset class risk management tools to determine whether the managers they hire are delivering appropriate risk-adjusted returns.

Chief investment officers use our extensive, high-quality data to develop and test investment strategies.  They also use our models and performance attribution tools to understand the drivers of return in their portfolios.

Active managers rely on our factor models, data and portfolio construction and optimization tools to build portfolios and keep them aligned with their investment objectives.

Passive managers use our index data, equity factor models and optimizer to construct their index funds and ETFs.

Chief risk officers choose our risk management systems to understand, monitor and control risk in the portfolios they are safeguarding.

 

Our Commitment

Our core values are part of everything we do and our commitment to clients, shareholders and employees is paramount.

We are committed to the future sustainability and transparency of the financial markets.  We create innovative products and services that allow our clients to make more informed investment decisions. We provide investors with critical performance measurement and risk management data and analytics.  Through our environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and applications we deliver insights, analysis and tools to support investment processes that incorporate sustainability considerations. MSCI is a proud signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Investment.

We contribute to employees’ charitable giving efforts and support wellness initiatives in the U.S. For our over 2,600 global employees, we provide ongoing career development training and in 2015 we launched a global employee engagement initiative, Success @ MSCI. We are proud that some of our largest offices, representing nearly 70% of our global headcount, have achieved LEED and BREEAM Certifications.  Our U.S. based data centers follow best in class power usage effectiveness (PUE) practices, resulting in PUE that exceeds the industry average by nearly 34%.

Awards

Winner of Top 5 Risk Technology Firm
2015

Winner of Index Provider of the Year
2015

Winner of Index Provider of the Year
2014

Winner of Index Provider of the Year
2014

Winner of Index Provider of the Year
2014

Winner of Index Provider of the Year
2014

Winner of Best Index Provider of the
Year
2013 & 2014

Winner of Best ESG Research 2013

Our History

Our long history has allowed us to build extensive databases of proprietary index, risk and ESG data, as well as accumulate valuable historical market data, which is difficult to replicate and provides us with a substantial competitive advantage.


 

Timeline    

1969

MSCI was a pioneer in developing the market for global equity indexes. We began licensing our first equity index products in 1969.


 

 

1998

We were incorporated in 1998 and until we became a public company in November 2007 our only two shareholders were Morgan Stanley and Capital Group International. We became a fully independent, stand-alone public company in May 2009.


 

 

2004

In June 2004, we acquired Barra, a provider of portfolio risk analytics tools that launched its first risk analytics products in 1975. This broadened our product range beyond index products. Barra also owned FEA.

 

2010

In June 2010, we acquired RiskMetrics Group, a leading provider of risk management and governance products and services. In addition to this core product line, RiskMetrics owned Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a pioneer in the development of policy-based proxy voting recommendations. We sold ISS in April 2014.

RiskMetrics also owned the Center for Financial Research and Analysis (CFRA), Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. and KLD Research and Analytics. We sold the CFRA product line in March 2013. Innovest and KLD Research are now known as MSCI ESG Research.

Through MSCI ESG Research, we provide our clients with research reports and analytical tools covering environmental, social and governance investment criteria.

 


 

In July 2010, we acquired Measurisk, a provider of risk transparency and risk measurement tools for hedge fund investors. With our clients demanding increasing levels of transparency from their hedge fund managers, this acquisition helped us develop a broad platform and set the standard for analyzing and reporting hedge fund risk. Measurisk’s products are now part of our hedge fund risk transparency offering.

   

2012

In November 2012, we acquired real estate performance measurement group IPD. The acquisition of IPD expanded MSCI’s multi-asset class offering by facilitating the integration of private real estate assets into our models, as well as adding a family of real estate indexes to MSCI’s suite of equity indexes.

 

2013

In January 2013, we acquired InvestorForce, a leading provider of performance reporting tools to the institutional investment community in the United States. The InvestorForce offering enables us to provide consultants with integrated, daily monitoring, analysis of and reporting on institutional assets.

 

2014

In August 2014, we acquired Governance Holdings Co. (GMI Ratings), a provider of corporate governance research and ratings to institutional investors, banks, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations seeking to incorporate ESG factors into risk assessment and decision-making. This acquisition enhanced our existing platform of ESG research and tools, allowing us to deliver a more comprehensive suite of ESG products and services to our clients.

 
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