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Research PaperResearch Insight - Factor Indexes in Perspective: Insights from 40 Years of Data Part I: Study - September 2014
Until recently, MSCI had calculated 25 years of simulated history for its factor indexes. In this Research Insight, we extend the simulated history to 40 years, providing new insights into the behavior of factor indexes over various time periods. We look at factor index behavior over various time frames; the changes in the correlation between factor returns over this period; historical variations in valuation of factor indexes and their exposure to GICS sectors. We also use IndexMetrics,...
Research PaperCEO Pay from Start to Finish
Research PaperIntegrating factors in market indexes and active portfolios
Asset owners use indexes as policy benchmarks and reference portfolios in their asset allocation. Index investors track cap-weighted indexes that seek to capture the market return. Active investors select securities and build portfolios that aim to outperform the market. All these types of investors may be able to benefit from incorporating factors into their process. More importantly, they may also be able to integrate factors without compromising other fundamentally important aspects of...
Research PaperIntroducing Multiple Horizon Versions of the Canada Equity Model (CNE4) - Research Notes
This report introduces the new multiple horizon versions of the Barra Canada Equity Model (CNE4) - Canada Equity Model Short Term (CNE4S) and Canada Equity Model Long Term(CNE4L). Both versions use daily returns data while accounting for serial correlations in aggregating daily factor returns to longer horizons. The new multiple horizon models provide more responsive risk forecasts than the existing model,CNE4. In addition to using higher frequency returns the new multiple horizon models also...
Research PaperIn Search of Global Diversification: Developed and Emerging Markets
Using monthly data from 1991 through 2004, we find evidence for dramatic convergence in properties of globally aggregated developed and emerging markets, greatly limiting the diversifying power of passive emerging markets investing. However, although equity returns in an 'average' emerging market follow the rest of the world more closely than a decade ago, emerging markets still constitute a dynamic and heterogeneous investment environment. We re-confirm that, given the importance of country...
Research PaperCurrency Hedging: Adapting to Volatility
In the past, institutional investors largely ignored currency hedging in their international equity portfolios. With the globalization of the equity portfolio and recent market volatility, they no longer can afford to do so. However, how to hedge foreign-exchange exposure is receiving renewed scrutiny. Static hedges have delivered higher risk-adjusted returns compared with unhedged portfolios over a long-term horizon. The static hedge, however, faces challenges in adapting to changing market...
Research PaperFixed Income Risk Modeling
Comprehensive overview of the use of factor models for fixed income risk modeling.
Research PaperThe Road to Retirement
Defined Contribution (DC) plans are rapidly becoming the primary retirement investment vehicle for a majority of employees across the US and other markets around the globe. Asset allocation for DC plans has to strike a balance between growth and protection assets over the savings lifecycle while protecting the long-term purchasing power of the nest egg. Due to the long duration of retirement investing and various risks associated with it, implementing the right asset allocation has become...
Research PaperMSCI Real Estate Research Snapshot Part 1
Part 1 of this year’s MSCI Real Estate Research Snapshot is a compilation of our research published through the first half of 2020. At the start of the year we suggested that 2020 may prove to be a watershed year in terms of the way investors consider real estate as an asset class. On the face of it, it seems that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we may have been right, albeit for entirely different reasons. Download File Real_Estate_Research_Snapshot_2020_Part1.pdf