Last updated: 15:40 / Thursday, 5 June 2014
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MSCI Launches Factor Indexes for Latin America

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MSCI Launches Factor Indexes for Latin America
  • One of the reasons: the global trend toward factor investing
  • Equity factor investing was pioneered in the 1970s based on research, data and analytics created by Barra – today an MSCI company

MSCI has announced the launch of a family of new factor indexes for seven country and regional Latin American markets.

“We have launched these new factor indexes not only in response to the increasing demand for indexes to serve as the basis for index-based investment products in Latin America, but also because of the global trend toward factor investing,” said Diana Tidd, Managing Director and Head of the MSCI Index Business in the Americas.

“This is the first full suite of factor indexes covering the Latin America market and is part of our ongoing commitment to provide our clients in the region with the tools they need to support their investment processes.”

Equity factor investing was pioneered in the 1970s based on research, data and analytics created by Barra – today an MSCI company. In recent years, MSCI has developed a range of indexes that provide institutional investors with a basis for implementing a transparent and efficient passive approach to seeking the excess returns historically obtained over long time horizons through active factor investing. In 2008, MSCI introduced the industry’s first Minimum Volatility Index. More than USD 90 billion in assets are benchmarked to MSCI Factor Indexes1.

1As of March 31, 2013 according to eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg

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