Barra upgrades risk analytics for fund managers

Apples to apples: the new system lets local portfolio managers interpret data the same as head office.

Barra, the Berkeley, California-based analytics provider, has begun marketing a new system in Asia for fund managers that it claims is sophisticated enough to enable true comparisons among securities and asset classes to give clients a truer picture of risk.

Unlike competitors such as Wilshire Associates, for example, which provides risk management tools in modules, Barra has adopted a strategy of selling holistic systems that are used across an organization. Any particular user may only be concerned about one part...

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