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February 26, 2009

ClariFI announces availability of Barra Optimizer for ModelStation

The ModelStation to eliminate the need to manually move data between two products

By CBR Staff Writer

ClariFI, a provider of software and services for investment managers, has announced that the Barra Optimizer is now available as an optional component in the latest version of its ModelStation. MSCI Barra is a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, including indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics.

ClariFI said that the new integrated offering combines the key strengths of the respective products, providing joint clients with access to MSCI Barra’s advanced optimization techniques and results, and ClariFI’s suite of investment management applications.

ClariFI also said that this approach eliminates the need to manually move data between the two products, and therefore gives portfolio managers flexibility to research, test, and implement new investment strategies.

Donovan Goodreau, vice president of sales and business development at ClariFI, said: Our broadened alliance with MSCI Barra supports our platform strategy to simplify and streamline the entire investment management process through development and strategic relationships. Integrating products that are compatible with our offerings, such as the Barra Optimizer, further enables us to provide new and existing clients with the analytical tools and capacity needed to gain a competitive edge in these challenging economic times.

Roveen Bhansali, managing director and head of the analytics business at MSCI Barra, said: We are delighted that the Barra Optimizer is now available in ClariFI’s ModelStation. This means that institutional investors can access Barra’s portfolio analytics in a way that fits their processes and systems, be it through our proprietary analytics software, integration with their internal systems, or via a third-party platform such as ClariFI.

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