MSCI Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1998. The Company provides investment decision support tools, including indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics and corporate governance products and services. Its products and services address multiple markets, asset classes and geographies and are sold to a diverse client base, including asset owners, such as pension funds, endowments, foundations, central banks, family offices and insurance companies; institutional and retail asset managers, such as managers of pension assets, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, real estate, hedge funds and private wealth; financial intermediaries, such as banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, custodians and investment consultants; and corporate clients. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had approximately 8,300 clients across 84 countries. It had offices in 34 cities in 22 countries to help serve its diverse client base. The Company consists of two businesses: the Performance and Risk business and the Governance business. The Performance and Risk business provides investment decision support tools, including equity indexes, real estate indexes and benchmarks, portfolio risk and performance analytics, credit analytics and environmental, social and governance products. Its Performance and Risk products are used in many areas of the investment process, including portfolio construction and rebalancing, performance benchmarking and attribution, risk management, regulatory and client reporting, index-linked investment product creation, asset allocation, the assessment of corporate management of ESG risks and opportunities, investment manager selection and investment research. The Companys Governance business provides corporate governance products and services to institutional investors and corporations. Among other things, the Governance business facilitates the voting of proxies by institutional investors and provides in-depth research and analysis to help inform voting decisions and identify issuer-specific risk. The Governance business offers both equity security coverage and fully integrated products and services, including proxy voting; policy creation, application and management; research; vote recommendations; vote execution; post-vote disclosure and reporting; and data and analytical tools. It also provides securities class action monitoring and claims filing services to aid institutional investors in the recovery of funds from securities class action settlements. The Companys registered trademarks include MSCI, Barra, FEA, InvestorForce, IPD and RiskMetrics. Its main competitors include FTSE International, Ltd., Russell Investment Group, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Advanced Portfolio Technologies, Axioma, Inc., Bloomberg Finance L.P., and Barclays Capital. The Company is subject to reporting, disclosure and recordkeeping obligations pursuant to SEC requirements.