BarraOne Selected by Two of Australia’s Largest Super Funds

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BarraOne Selected by Two of Australia’s Largest Super Funds

Cbus & HESTA Choose BarraOne for Risk Management

MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that two of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, Construction and Building Unions Super (Cbus) and Health Employees Superannuation Trust (HESTA), have selected BarraOne, MSCI’s multi-asset class risk management and performance attribution platform, to help improve their respective investment processes.

“Cbus has a large allocation to unlisted assets. The integration of IPD data with Barra’s real estate models and extensive research covering infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds is extremely valuable to us,” said Kristian Fok, Executive Manager of Investment Strategy for Cbus. “MSCI’s proven track record of successful implementations in the region made them the only choice as a long-term partner.”

Rob Fowler, Executive Manager – Investments and Governance at HESTA, said, “Environmental social and governance factors are increasingly important to our investment decisions, so having access to global data via MSCI’s BarraOne simplifies the process considerably. We also appreciate the access we have to the international research team and the ability to work directly with local client support staff.”

Cbus and HESTA will use BarraOne as a platform for risk management and asset allocation decisions, to conduct performance analysis and to satisfy The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) reporting requirements. BarraOne provides integrated risk and performance analytics with global, multi-asset class coverage for public and private asset portfolios and has been widely adopted by leading asset owners.

Michael Anderson, Executive Director and Head of MSCI Australia, said, “The continued adoption of BarraOne by some of the largest fund managers in Australia reinforces the value of MSCI’s risk tools and the strong demand from institutional investors for our products and services as the profile of risk management continues to rise. We look forward to working with Cbus and HESTA, two of Australia’s largest and most influential super funds, as they further develop their risk management processes.”

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