Towers Watson Selects MSCI’s RiskMetrics HedgePlatform

  Towers Watson Selects MSCI’s RiskMetrics HedgePlatform

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NEW YORK -- February 5, 2013

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support
tools, announced today that Towers Watson, a leading global investment
consultant, will include MSCI’s RiskMetrics HedgePlatform into some of its
hedge fund advisory and investment processes. As part of the agreement Towers
Watson will use HedgePlatform to evaluate and monitor individual investment
managers with reports based on hedge fund positions, complementing its
existing suite of risk tools and enhancing hedge fund risk reports to its
clients.

“Demand for position-based risk analytics of hedge fund investments continues
to rise, evidenced by the growth MSCI’s risk analytics business has seen over
the last 12 months – from adding two of the world’s top 20 pension funds as
HedgePlatform clients, to this most recent agreement with Towers Watson,” said
Roveen Bhansali, Managing Director and Head of Risk Management Analytics for
MSCI. “This increased demand reflects the confluence of two recent trends:
increased allocation to alternative investments and increased desire to
implement more comprehensive risk management processes, not only of
alternative investments, but of total investments programs. MSCI is well
placed to meet this demand given our multi-asset class risk analytics tools,
our long history with our institutional clients and our ability to integrate
positions of hedge fund investments with traditional and other alternative
investments. We look forward to continuing to invest in this growing market
segment and helping our clients as their investment needs evolve.”

Damien Loveday, Global head of Hedge Fund research at Towers Watson, said: “We
are continuously strengthening our level of monitoring and risk management
processes in this area and the addition ofMSCI’s RiskMetrics HedgePlatform
will support this endeavour. Having used RiskMetrics’ analysis tools for a
number of years and working with MSCI for the past year to develop the
proposition, we have found innovative views of risk which will allow us to
perform even more due diligence, monitoring, portfolio construction, and risk
management for hedge fund investments to the benefit of our clients. The use
of analytic tools such as this has been important in developing our Hedge Fund
business and this particular platform provides extra transparency which we
view as key to assessing hedge fund investments.”

Towers Watson’s investment business has over 750 associates worldwide and
assets under advisory of over USD$2 trillion. Its specialist hedge fund team
manage direct hedge fund portfolios for clients and has assets under advice in
this area of over USD$20 billion.

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; 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

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