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To attract assets, managers must stand out in the crowd. The challenge is that, in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, differentiation is both more important and more difficult than ever before.
Success requires achieving three objectives:
- Designing the best strategy,
- Delivering superior performance, and
- Communicating about strategy and performance in a way that is clear, concise and compelling.
MSCI is a leader in providing tools to help asset managers build and manage better portfolios. 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. Asset managers use our models and performance attribution tools to understand the drivers of return in their portfolios.
Barra® Portfolio Manager - Barra Portfolio Manager is a cloud-based, interactive platform with a flexible user interface that enables our clients to share strategies, analytics and reports across their organizations. Barra Portfolio Manager delivers MSCI’s proprietary content as well as third-party data. Read more
Barra® Aegis Software Platform - A locally-installed application specifically designed to help clients actively manage portfolios, the platform provides Aegis Portfolio Manager, Aegis Performance Analyst, Aegis Optimizer and automation tools for each model. Read more
MSCI BeonTM - Designed in response to the financial industry’s most complex data challenges, MSCI Beon is a next-generation analytics platform harnessing advanced integration technologies to take you beyond the limits of your current portfolio analysis capabilities. Read more
We offer a suite of performance attribution models with which to analyze the sources of portfolio performance on an absolute or relative basis. Our tools are multi-asset class and multi-currency, and we collect market and asset data daily. A streamlined workflow makes attribution reporting intuitive and efficient.
|Model||How it's used|
To evaluate top-down sector allocation strategies in equity or balanced portfolios
Asset Selection Attribution
To evaluate bottom-up stock picking strategies in equity or balanced portfolios
Barra Equity Factor Attribution
To identify granular sources of return in equity portfolios
Fixed Income Attribution
To identify sources of active return due to yield curve movements and credit/spread bets in fixed income portfolios
The Barra Optimizer is an open, flexible library for portfolio managers. Developed by MSCI’s optimization research team and other leading optimization experts, the Barra Optimizer fits seamlessly into portfolio management workflows.
Easy integration - Built with an intuitive programming API that supports C++, Java, C# and COM, the Barra Optimizer is easy to integrate into statistical tools libraries such as MATLAB, R and SAS. In addition, the XML and Protobuf interfaces provide the flexibility to create and manage optimization data and parameters regardless of programming language.
Meaningful results - The Barra Optimizer moves beyond mean-variance optimization with the support of advanced mandates and alternative portfolio construction techniques. Constraint-aware round-lotting ensures that portfolio construction rules are satisfied while round lots are created. Other features include risk parity portfolio construction (or equal risk weighting) and control trading through fixed costs, thresholds and limits on the maximum number of names.
Transparency - By providing constraint shadow cost reports, solution introspection and frontier analysis, the Barra Optimizer provides transparency into the trade-offs the Optimizer is making.
Industry acceptance - The Barra Optimizer’s engine powers Barra Aegis; BarraOne and Barra Portfolio Manager, which are used by leading institutional investors around the world.
Seamless integration - Our optimization library works seamlessly with Barra Models Direct files, reducing costs related to implementation and ongoing support.