MSCI Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools worldwide. Its tools include indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and multi-asset class market risk analytics products and services. The company also offers analytical tools, data, and real estate benchmarks, as well as environmental, social, and governance research (ESG) products and services. Its products are used in various investment processes, including portfolio construction and rebalancing, performance benchmarking and attribution, risk management, regulatory and client reporting, index-linked investment product creation, asset allocation, investment research and assessment of social responsibility, assessment of corporate management, environmental stewardship, the effects of climate change, and corporate governance on investments marketed under the MSCI, MSCI ESG Research, IPD, RiskMetrics, Barra, InvestorForce, and FEA brands. MSCI Inc. sells its products and services to asset owners, such as pension funds, endowments, foundations, central banks, family offices, and insurance companies; institutional and retail asset managers, including managers of pension assets, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, real estate, hedge funds, and private wealth; and financial intermediaries comprising banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, custodians, and investment consultants. It has a strategic co-operation agreement with The Nigerian Stock Exchange to develop and market a co-branded family of indexes for the Nigerian equity markets. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in New York, New York.