Msci - History

History

In 1968, The Capital International Indices were published, the first set of global stock market indices for non-U.S. markets. In 1986, Morgan Stanley obtained from Capital International exclusive rights to license the indices, which were branded Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). In 2004, MSCI acquired Barra, Inc., to form MSCI Barra. The company is headquartered in New York City, with operations in Ann Arbor, Beijing, Berkeley, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Manila, Milan, Monterrey, Mumbai, Norman, Paris, Rockville, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.

The MSCI global equity indices have been calculated since 1969. The company's most known indices include MSCI World and MSCI EAFE. MSCI indices are widely used as the benchmark indices by which the performance of global equity portfolios are measured. They are also used as the basis of passive investment products like index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Morgan Stanley sponsored the first iShares ETFs, known at launch as WEBS, which are designed to track various MSCI indices.

In mid-2007, parent company Morgan Stanley announced plans to divest from, and potentially spin-off, MSCI. This was followed by an initial public offering of a minority of stock in November 2007. The divestment was completed in 2009.

On June 1, 2010, MSCI formally acquired RiskMetrics Group, Inc.

On July 15, 2010, MSCI acquired Measurisk.

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