Senior Associate, MSCI Research
About the Contributor
Daniel R. Barrera is part of the Equity Core Research team, which researches and develops MSCI’s suite of equity models. Previously, Daniel worked in data management at MSCI, in pricing strategies in the retail industry and in software development for Distance Learning. Daniel holds an MBA from University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
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Blog posts by Daniel R. Barrera
Could Factors Have Explained Cryptocurrency Risk?Jul 29, 2021 Daniel R. Barrera , Simon Minovitsky
As cryptocurrencies rise in popularity as investment vehicles, the need for standardized tools for this market increases as well. We created a multifactor model to measure whether factors important for equity markets were also important for crypto.
During inflationary periods, equity investors, historically, have turned to gold as a hedge and diversifier. As the issue of inflation becomes more pressing, we ask whether cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, could have played a similar role.
Measuring Firms’ Remote-Workforce AbilitiesJul 14, 2020 Howard Zhang , Daniel R. Barrera , Manuel Rueda
It’s clear that some companies were better positioned to take advantage of a remote work environment than others. We built a hypothetical “remote-operation capacity” factor to seek to measure the effect on different firms.
As some very large companies switch sectors because of changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure, there will likely be implications for investors. We looked at how these changes may affect the risk profiles of six of the largest reclassified companies.