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MSCI has been named the benchmark of choice for international equity exchange-traded funds in the fourth annual Greenwich Associates study, Institutional Investors’ Relationship with ETFs Deepens.

 
The study found that 88 per cent of US institutional ETF users and 100 per cent of investment consultants name MSCI as their benchmark of choice.
 
"MSCI is committed to providing high quality indices to the investment community and this recognition is validation directly from the industry that not only are we doing the right thing by our clients but that the index matters,” says Baer Pettit (pictured), managing director and global head of the MSCI index business. "The index is a critical tool for institutional investors. The Greenwich Associates study shows that institutions continue to embrace ETFs and, in turn, there will only be a greater emphasis on a funds underlying index."
 
Among the other key findings in this year’s report is the role the index plays when selecting an ETF. Forty per cent of institutions ranked the benchmarks used in ETFs among the top three factors they consider when assessing individual products.
 
The results of the study are based on interviews with 179 US institutional funds interviewed between February and April 2013 and include corporate pension funds, public pension funds, foundations and endowments, and large asset management firms. For the first time this year, investment consultants, insurance companies and registered investment advisers were also interviewed.

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