What is 'MSCI Inc'

MSCI Inc is an investment research firm that provides indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics and governance tools to institutional investors and hedge funds. MCSI provides these clients with investment tools from Barra, Financial Engineering Associates, RiskMetrics, Institutional Shareholder Services, Measurisk and the Center for Financial Research and Analysis. It also publishes indices that are widely available to the investing public. MSCI is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. It is no longer part of Morgan Stanley.

BREAKING DOWN 'MSCI Inc'

MSCI is perhaps best known for its indices, which it began offering in the late 1960s. Its Capital International indices, which became available in 1969, were the first global stock market indices for markets outside the U.S. One of its most well-known products is the MSCI EAFE index, which tracks the performance of about two dozen developed countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East. This index is widely used as a benchmark for the total international stock market.

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