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MSCI launches Latin America factor indexes

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI) said it has launched 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 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.

MSCI Inc. is a provider of investment decision support tools to investors globally, including asset managers, banks, hedge funds and pension funds. MSCI products and services include indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and ESG data and research. For further information on MSCI, visit our web site at


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