MSCI expands access to risk models via the cloud with Crux

Crux Informatics, a data delivery and operations company, and MSCI, have announced an agreement that will allow MSCI’s Barra Risk Models to be available through various cloud warehouses and platforms via the ‘Crux Deliver’ service. 

Crux Deliver provides multiple delivery methods and has active integrations to various cloud warehouses and platforms, making it extremely convenient for users to access the models in their preferred destination.

"MSCI is a leader in bringing financial transparency to the investment community and this agreement furthers its mission to deliver value to clients," says Philip Brittan, CEO of Crux Informatics. "By leveraging Crux's ready-made delivery infrastructure and operational expertise, MSCI is expanding access to its Barra Risk Factor Models and accelerating client onboarding. We believe this is a winning combination of valuable data and a frictionless, flexible data delivery solution for the customer."

Crux has built and continues to operate data pipelines to MSCI's suite of Barra Risk Factor Models, making these quickly and easily available to MSCI clients. Crux Deliver also includes data validation checks and ongoing monitoring of the data for inconsistencies and changes, which ensures clients get a high-quality data and delivery experience.

"MSCI's mission is to provide global investors with the data, tools and solutions they need to solve critical investment problems, including greater data integration capabilities," says Jorge Mina, head of analytics at MSCI. "This agreement with Crux is further proof of MSCI's commitment to enhance delivery of our models and make them available through our clients' preferred delivery mechanism to meet their expanding needs for scalability and efficiency."

MSCI's Barra Risk Factor Models can be accessed via Crux in a number of data formats (Avro, CSV, and Parquet) via a number of delivery methods on the Crux platform. These methods include REST API, Python client, S/FTP, or automatic data upload into AWS S3, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, or Snowflake. Customers opting to use the Crux Query service can additionally run SQL queries and/or connect Excel, Tableau and many other Business Intelligence applications directly to MSCI models on Crux.