MSCI scores with ETF issuers and investors

Jul 29th, 2014 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

MSCI, a leading index provider to the exchange-traded funds industry, has released data highlighting the continuing strength and popularity of its brand within the ETF space.

MSCI scores with ETF providers and investors

Baer Pettit, Managing Director and Global Head of MSCI’s index business.

According to the provider, ETF investors directed a larger proportion of new funds into ETFs based on its indices than any other index provider during the first six months of 2014.

A total of approximately $86 billion of net new assets flowed into equity ETFs globally in the six months to June 30, 2014. Of this, approximately $29 billion, or 34%, went to ETFs based on MSCI indices, almost twice as much as the next index provider.

The provider also noted that ETF issuers launched more new funds based on its indices than those of any other index provider. Seventy-five ETFs based on MSCI indices – around one third of all equity ETFs launched – were issued during this period, raising a total of approximately $1.5 billion.

Baer Pettit, Managing Director and Global Head of MSCI’s index business, said: “We are delighted with these numbers which are further evidence of MSCI’s strength in the ETF market, based on our strategy of continuous innovation combined with close, long-term working relationships with ETF providers.”

He added: “Add to this the power of MSCI’s globally recognized brand and leadership position in the international equity index space and you can see why so many ETF providers choose MSCI as their provider of choice.”

Globally, more than 650 ETFs track MSCI indices, more than any other index provider.

MSCI’s major rivals include S&P Dow Jones and FTSE (which is in the process of acquiring Russell) in the equity markets, while in the fixed income space, Barclays is the dominant player.

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