Latin America

MSCI launches factor indices for Latin America

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:01

MSCI has launched a family of factor indices for seven country and regional Latin American markets.

“We have launched these new factor indices 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,” says Diana Tidd, managing director and head of the MSCI index business in the Americas. “This is the first full suite of factor indices 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 indices 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 USD90 billion in assets are benchmarked to MSCI Factor Indexes.

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