Andy Sparks Joins as New Head of Product Management for Risk Management Analytics
MSCI has appointed Andy Sparks to head the technical product management for the firm's Risk Management Analytics business. Prior to joining MSCI, Andy had been Head of Product Management for the POINT business at Barclays Capital, where he was responsible for product strategy and product execution for the POINT portfolio analytics platform. Andy also held a number of senior level positions at Lehman Brothers, including Head of Mortgage Strategies and Head of US Rate Strategies. Andy will be responsible for driving the product agenda for RiskMetrics RiskManager and BarraOne, MSCI's flagship risk management product suites.
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Free Trial of MSCI Alternatively Weighted Indices through FactSet
Many investors are now exploring the use of non-cap weighted indices to capture alternative sources of beta, for potential longer-term risk reduction or returns enhancement. From June through September, MSCI is offering free 30-day trials for select MSCI Alternatively Weighted Indices1 through FactSet. These indices and their constituents are easily accessible through FactSet applications such as Portfolio Analysis and SPAR.
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In conjunction with this free trial, MSCI is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 29: "Understanding MSCI Alternatively Weighted Indices: From Yesterday's Alpha to Today's Beta". The presentation aims to provide a framework for defining and using alternative indices in a portfolio context.
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1 MSCI Value Weighted, Equal Weighted, Risk Weighted and Minimum Volatility Indices are included in the trial.
Annual Market Classification Review
On June 21, 2011, MSCI will be announcing the results of the 2011 Annual Market Classification Review. As announced on May 13, 2011, four MSCI country indices are under review for potential reclassification: the MSCI Korea and MSCI Taiwan Indices for potential reclassification to Developed Markets and the MSCI Qatar and the MSCI United Arab Emirates Indices for potential reclassification to Emerging Markets.
Click here for more on MSCI's criteria for determining a market classification
Webinar - Insights into MSCI ESG Indices
In this webinar, scheduled for June 28, Thomas Kuh, Executive Director, MSCI ESG Indices, will give an overview of MSCI's broad offering of ESG Best-of-Class, Values-based and Environmental indices, as well as the latest product developments. The MSCI ESG Indices bring together the widely-accepted MSCI Global Investable Market Indices Methodology with in-depth analysis and ratings from MSCI ESG Research. MSCI is the only major index provider with a separate in-house ESG Research business unit.
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MSCI Research Conferences
London Research Conference
Over 500 clients joined us for the Q2 MSCI Research Conferences in New York, Boston and London - breaking all previous attendance records! The talks highlighted our latest research and addressed the issues financial institutions are facing today, including liquidity risk, portfolio construction, stress testing, counterparty risk and many more. We will be hosting further MSCI Research Conferences in Asia, Europe and the US later this year - dates to follow shortly.
Take a look at the full list of topics presented and discussed