MSCI to Consult on a Proposal to Construct Indices Reflecting Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Investment Guidelines
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http://pdf.reuters.com/htmlnews/8knews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130325:nBw245002a HONG KONG--(Business Wire)-- MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that it will consult with the Hong Kong investment community on a proposal to construct a series of equity indices designed to reflect the investment restrictions, guidelines and regulations specific to the local Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF). "We believe that the development of an MSCI series of indices reflecting the MPF investment guidelines will bring more choice to the market," said Theodore Niggli, Head of the MSCI Index Business in Asia Pacific. "It will also enable more rigorous performance benchmarking, and offer MPF scheme providers and managers a broader and more diverse set of benchmark options for index tracking and actively managed funds, at a time when they are re-thinking their current offering." MSCI welcomes feedback from the investment community. Please note that this consultation may or may not lead to the creation of the MSCI MPF Indices. For more information, or to participate in the consultation, please contact MSCI Asia Pacific Client Service. 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 basis1; 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 September 30, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg on January 31, 2013 For further information on MSCI, please visit our web site at www.msci.com Media Enquiries: MSCI, New York Kristin Meza, + 1-212-804-5330 or MSCI, London Jo Morgan, + 44.20.7618.2224 or MHP Communications, London Sally Todd | Christian Pickel, + 44.20.3128.8515 or MSCI Global Client Service: Asia Pacific Client Service + 852.2844.9333 or EMEA Client Service + 44.20.7618.2222 or Americas Client Service 1-888-588-4567 (toll free)/+ 1-212-804-3901 Copyright Business Wire 2013