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MSCI Announces IPO

Index aficionados cheered this August when Morgan Stanley announced plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of its MSCI Barra indexing and data unit. Morgan Stanley said it would sell a minority interest in MSCI via an offering of Class A common stock, and may decide later to divest all of its interest in MSCI, depending on market conditions and other factors.

As the first publicly traded, stand-alone index company, MSCI will offer index fans a unique opportunity to scrutinize the profitability, business challenges and other issues facing the indexing industry. Never have public filings and quarterly conference calls seemed so exciting.


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