Morgan Stanley Buys Barra

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Morgan Stanley has acquired Barra, a risk management technology vendor, in an $816.4 million deal, it was announced last week. The firm plans to combine Barra with index provider Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), in which it has a majority stake, to create a new company, tentatively named MSCI Barra.

"We want to better serve our client base," says Henry Fernandez, president and CEO of MSCI. "We now offer our clients performance measurement tools [with our indices] and we wanted to

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