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MSCI Factor Indexes

The MSCI Factor Indexes are rules-based indexes that capture the returns of systematic factors that have historically earned a persistent premium over long periods of time—such as Value, Low Size, Low Volatility, High Yield, Quality and Momentum.

Approximately  USD 236 billion in assets are estimated to be benchmarked to MSCI Factor Indexes1

1 Data as of  December, 2017 and reported as of March, 2018  by eVestment, Morningstar, Bloomberg and MSCI.


PERFORMANCE, FACTSHEETS AND METHODOLOGIES

Factor indexes (select your index by choosing the appropriate Indexes in the drop down menu)

MSCI USA Momentum Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI USA Enhanced Value Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI USA Sector Neutral Quality Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI USA Low Size Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology
 
MSCI World ex USA Sector Neutral Quality Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI World ex USA Momentum Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI World ex USA Enhanced Value Index

Performance | Factsheet | Methodology

MSCI World ex USA Low Size Index

Performance | FactsheetMethodology

WHAT DRIVES THE CAPACITY OF FACTOR INDEX STRATEGIES?

As factor investing becomes increasingly “business as usual,” institutional investors have become keenly interested in the ability of strategies that replicate factor indexes to persistently capture the desired exposures.

ALL FAANGS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

FAANG stocks make up nearly 40% of the NASDAQ 100 index, and smaller but significant weights in many others. Commonly grouped as tech stocks or growth companies, it seems reasonable to assume they share many similar characteristics. However, when examined through the lens of performance-driving factors, their characteristics are far from homogeneous.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH FACTOR RETURNS?

Value and momentum factors typically move in opposite directions — that is, when one outperforms the market, the other usually underperforms. However, as both factors have underperformed the market, several publications are beginning to question whether this change in market behavior is impairing quantitative strategies.

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