“How European is Europe?” New MSCI Research Demonstrates Why Economic Exposure Matters

  “How European is Europe?” New MSCI Research Demonstrates Why Economic
  Exposure Matters

Business Wire

LONDON -- December 17, 2012

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support
tools worldwide, today released “How European is Europe?”, a new research
brief examining how a company’s economic exposure – where a company draws its
revenues from versus where the company is headquartered – is becoming an
increasingly important consideration for global investors.

Using Europe as an example, one of the two developed markets regions with the
highest exposure to Emerging Markets (nearly 23%), the paper illustrates how
some European companies have been able to weather challenges on a domestic
front by growing revenues across international markets.

“With the continued integration of world markets, companies are exposed to
economic activity on a global scale,” said Brett Hammond, Managing Director,
Index Applied Research, MSCI. “As more and more companies look for
opportunities across the globe, investors need to understand where companies
do business. Economic exposure provides a new dimension to the investment
process and should become an important consideration in the construction and
evaluation of global equity portfolios.”

The findings are drawn from the recently launched MSCI Economic Exposure
Security Data modules, that provide revenue exposures for nearly 2,500 large-
and mid-cap companies in the MSCI ACWI Index, a global equity index consisting
of developed and emerging markets countries.

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About MSCI

MSCI Inc. is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to
investors globally, including asset managers, banks, hedge funds and pension
funds. MSCI products and services include indices, portfolio risk and
performance analytics, and governance tools.

The company’s flagship product offerings are: the MSCI indices with close to
USD 7 trillion estimated to be benchmarked to them on a worldwide basis^1;
Barra multi-asset class factor models, portfolio risk and performance
analytics; RiskMetrics multi-asset class market and credit risk analytics; IPD
real estate information, indices and analytics; IPD real estate information,
indices and analytics; MSCI ESG (environmental, social and governance)
Research screening, analysis and ratings; ISS governance research and
outsourced proxy voting and reporting services; FEA valuation models and risk
management software for the energy and commodities markets; and CFRA forensic
accounting risk research, legal/regulatory risk assessment, and due‐diligence.
MSCI is headquartered in New York, with research and commercial offices around
the world.

^1As of March 31, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg in
September, 2012.

For further information on MSCI, please visit our web site at www.msci.com

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