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MSCI Launches New Series of Barra Models

  MSCI Launches New Series of Barra Models

 New Systematic Equity Strategies Series One of the First to Address Crowding
                                     Risk

           Barra Japan is First Single-Country Model in the Series

Business Wire

TOKYO -- June 19, 2013

MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support
tools worldwide, today announced the launch of a new series of single-country
multi-factor models with Systematic Equity Strategies (SES), MSCI’s new
approach to risk modeling. SES factors help capture previously hidden sources
of risk and return that managers bet on, which result in greater transparency
within portfolios. They also improve the accuracy and explanatory power of a
risk model, especially during periods of economic crisis. The Barra Japan
Equity Model (JPE4) is the first model in the new SES series.

“Continued market uncertainty and volatility have led to greater demand from
institutional investors for better risk management and MSCI’s introduction of
SES factors directly addresses this demand,” said Mehmet Bayraktar, Head of
MSCI Equity Analytics Research, who led the research initiative. “With this
innovative new approach to risk modeling, portfolio managers can capture
unique sources of risk, especially as they relate to crowding risk, and for
the first time obtain more meaningful insight into the risk and return drivers
of their proprietary strategy.”

In addition to SES factors, JPE4 also includes Daily Model Update and
Volatility Regime Adjustment features, which aid managers in forecasting risks
that reflect the current market environment. The model also incorporates new
Japanese data for better forecasting of local securities and has broad
coverage of the Japanese equity market covering over 3,600 Japanese
securities.

Peter Zangari, Managing Director of Equity Portfolio Management Analytics at
MSCI said, “JPE4 offers an unprecedented view into new sources of risk across
a broad set of securities in Japan. Its development, and the introduction of
the Barra SES Series, is another important step in our mission to provide
investors with the tools they seek to help them manage their portfolios.”

Learn more about the Barra Japan Equity Model.

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; and
FEA valuation models and risk management software for the energy and
commodities markets. MSCI is headquartered in New York, with research and
commercial offices around the world.

^1As of September 30, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg on
January 31, 2013

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