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MSCI leads in low volatility ETF indexes


Index and analytics provider MSCI reports continued strong demand for factor indexes, with close to USD51 billion in net cash flows and USD17.5 billion of those flows flowing in to global factor based ETFs linked to MSCI’s factor indexes, year to date through 30 September, 2016.

MSCI estimates that overall their factor indexes have grown to attract more than USD170 billion in benchmarked assets globally. MSCI also reported significant growth in assets specifically linked to its minimum volatility indexes, which grew by 122 per cent to USD35.4 billion year-over-year.

The firm writes that overall, 68 per cent of the total equity ETF assets among low volatility ETFs globally are linked to MSCI indexes, making MSCI the leader in this index category, and that with more than 850 equity ETFs tracking MSCI indexes globally, and over 175 equity ETFs tracking MSCI’s Factor indexes, more equity ETFs track MSCI’s indexes than those of any other index provider.

“This has been a monumental year for MSCI based on the record number of ETFs that track our indexes,” says Diana Tidd, MSCI’s Head of Index Products. “Our innovative factor index offering, combined with the strength of our top quality brand, continue to make MSCI indexes the first choice of ETF providers around the world.”

MSCI offers a suite of systematic rules-based indexes designed to represent the return of factors which have historically earned a risk premium over long periods of time – such as low volatility, value, low size, high dividend yield, quality and momentum. Factor indexes target stocks with certain characteristics and are designed for use in traditional, passive and active mandates.

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