FactSet to distribute MSCI Barra analytics

Source: FactSet Research Systems

FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS), a major supplier of computer-based financial and economic data to the investment community, and MSCI Barra, a leading provider of benchmark indices and risk management analytics products, announced today that Barra's market-leading models and analytics are now available via FactSet's Portfolio Analysis application.

Beginning today, investment managers, plan sponsors and other investment professionals can utilize FactSet's unique reporting and charting capabilities to interactively decompose risk and perform risk-based performance attribution using 18 of Barra's single-country and regional market equity models within both FactSet and Barra-defined analytical frameworks. Clients will have access to 24-hour support from both firms.

"Investors want to be able to easily combine Barra Analytics with FactSet's tightly integrated data and tools to better support their investment processes," said Rabbe Ekholm, Managing Director at MSCI Barra, "This integrated solution is a compelling combination of leading analytical methodologies, technology and service."

Chris Ellis, Director of Portfolio Analytics at FactSet, added, "We are excited to be able to meet the needs of those investment professionals who prefer Barra's approach to defining and understanding risk and FactSet's approach to analyzing it. Through this offering, our clients will be able to do more thorough and effective analysis in less time."

Additional Barra functionality, most notably portfolio optimization, should be added to FactSet's platform in phases over the next 12 months.

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