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Morgan Stanley buys Barra

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), a provider of equity, fixed-income and hedge fund indexes based in New York, will acquire California-based technology company Barra within the next four months, for approximately $816.4 million, or $41.00 a share, the company says. The merged entity will provide indexes and risk management analytics. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the move, which now needs to be ratified by regulators. It also requires

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Credit risk & modelling – Special report 2021

This Risk special report provides an insight on the challenges facing banks in measuring and mitigating credit risk in the current environment, and the strategies they are deploying to adapt to a more stringent regulatory approach.

The wild world of credit models

The Covid-19 pandemic has induced a kind of schizophrenia in loan-loss models. When the pandemic hit, banks overprovisioned for credit losses on the assumption that the economy would head south. But when government stimulus packages put wads of cash in…

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