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Daniel Barrera

Daniel Barrera
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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  1. BLOG

    Could Factors Have Explained Cryptocurrency Risk? 

    Jul 29, 2021 Daniel R. Barrera , Simon Minovitsky

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    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.

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    Bitcoin: Good as Gold? 

    May 26, 2021 Daniel R. Barrera , Simon Minovitsky

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    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.

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    Measuring Firms’ Remote-Workforce Abilities 

    Jul 14, 2020 Howard Zhang , Daniel R. Barrera , Manuel Rueda

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    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.

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    GICS changes: Risk depends on how it’s measured 

    Sep 21, 2018 Daniel R. Barrera

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    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.