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Daniel Barrera

Daniel Barrera

Senior Associate, MSCI Research

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.

Research and Insights

Articles by Daniel R. Barrera

    Could Factors Have Explained Cryptocurrency Risk?

    6 mins read Blog | 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.

    Bitcoin: Good as Gold?

    5 mins read Blog | May 26, 2021 | Daniel R. Barrera, Simon Minovitsky

    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 Abilities

    Blog | Jul 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.

    GICS Changes: Risk Depends on How It’s Measured

    Blog | Sep 21, 2018 | Daniel R. Barrera

    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.