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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

    Measuring Firms’ Remote-Workforce Abilities 

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

    Factor Investing , Factors

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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.

  2. COVID-19 disrupted the operating models of many businesses and forced a shift to remote working, digitization and low-contact transactions and services, which we term “Remote Operation Capability” (ROC). Some corporations were better positioned to take advantage of a remote, automated and digitized operating environment. We utilized machine-learning and natural language-processing techniques to build a potential ROC factor that looks at the extent to which a company was more likely to thrive in such an environment. The techniques we present potentially could be leveraged to capture other emerging or long-term themes.

  3. BLOG

    GICS changes: Risk depends on how it’s measured 

    Sep 21, 2018 Daniel R. Barrera

    Models/Client Cases , Integrated Risk Management

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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.