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Best Practices in Factor Research and Factor Models

categories: Indexes, Portfolio Management Analytics, Americas, EMEAI, Risk Management Analytics, Asset Allocation and Asset Liability Management, Factor and Risk Modeling, Investing (Investment Management), Portfolio Construction and Optimization, Risk Management, Asia Pacific, Asset Owners, Hedge Funds, Equities, Australia, Asset Pricing and Valuation, MELAS Dimitris, Asset Managers (Quant or Fundamental), general

Factors define the sources of portfolio risk and return. In this paper, we review the theoretical and empirical foundations of our factor research and factor models. MSCI factor research is firmly grounded in academic theory and empirical evidence. MSCI factor models are based on robust econometric techniques and reflect best investment practice. MSCI methodologies are transparent and publicly available. This is why the world’s leading institutional investors use MSCI factor models and analytics in their investment processes.

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