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MSCI Celebrates 25 Years of Emerging Markets

MSCI CEO Henry Fernandez to Ring The Opening BellŪ

For Release: 17 Jun 13
Executives and guests of MSCI and NYSE Liffe US will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate 25 years of Emerging Markets indices.  To mark this occasion, MSCI Chief Executive Officer, Henry Fernandez, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell.

Since MSCI launched the Emerging Markets (EM) index in 1988, Emerging Markets have become an important, integrated part of a global equity portfolio allocation.  In 1988, there were just 10 countries in EM, representing less than 1% of world market cap.  As of 2012, the index has grown to 21 countries, representing about 13%.

Mr. Fernandez will be available to discuss the evolution of Emerging Markets, looking ahead, new markets, new exposures and new share classes that are opening up to EM investors including:
-  Frontier Markets
-  China A and how its integration will reshape the characteristics of the EM index
-  New ways to capture EM growth through MSCIs Economic Exposure Indices
-  Record U.S. futures trading volume and open interest on NYSE Liffe U.S. in 2012


Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NYSE Security Checkpoint/Tent at Corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street
9:00 a.m.            Media escorted into the building for bell ringing
9:30 a.m.            The Opening Bell rings

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 basis*; 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; and FEA valuation models and risk management software for the energy and commodities markets. MSCI is headquartered in New York, with research and commercial offices around the world.
*As of September 30, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg on January 31, 2013

About MSCI Futures on NYSE Liffe US
With approximately 357,000 lots of mini MSCI Index futures Open Interest currently established on NYSE Liffe U.S., representing a notional value of over $19 billion, continued global demand has sparked strong growth in mini MSCI futures with record volumes and OI up 17% and 65%, respectively, year-to-date from 2012.  NYSE Liffe U.S. now trades 15 futures products based on MSCI indexes that offer investors a diverse range of global investment opportunities that offer direct exposure to countries and regions of global emerging and developed markets.  Led by consistently growing trading volume in MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI EAFE in 2012, NYSE Liffe U.S. experienced record year-over-year volume gains of 87% and 43% in those products, respectively with open Interest up 113% from 2011.

Media interested in covering the bell ringing MUST contact Annmarie Gioia at 212.656.5437 or

Photos available via Associated Press/New York (212.621.1902), Reuters America (646.223.6285), Getty Images (646.613.4141), Bloomberg Photo (212.617.3420), and European Press Agency (917.670.1323). The Opening Bell (starting at 9:25 a.m.) feed is available via Encompass loop #4009. Media seeking footage via The Switch should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212.656.5483.

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