MSCI, Inc. provides decision support tools, including indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics and corporate governance products and services. The company's products and services addresses 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. MSCI operates in two businesses: the Performance and Risk business and the Governance business, which offers comprehensive suite of performance, risk management and corporate governance products and services. The Performance and Risk business provides investment decision support tools, including equity indices, real estate indices 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 and analysis, regulatory and client reporting, index-linked investment product creation, asset allocation, assessment of social responsibility, environmental stewardship and the effects of climate change on investments, investment manager selection and investment research. The Governance business provides corporate governance products and services and specialized financial research and analysis services to institutional investors and corporations around the world. The company was founded by Andrew Thomas Rudd in 1998 and is headquartered in New York, NY.