MSCI Barra Announces Data Availability for Series of New MSCI Indices



    Data for New MSCI GCC Countries Size Indices, Frontier Markets Indices,
and Asia APEX 50 Index Available in Starter Files December 18, 2007

    NEW YORK, December 17 /CNW/ - MSCI Barra (NYSE:  MXB), a leading provider
of investment decision support tools worldwide, including indices and
portfolio analytics, announced today that index and constituent data for the
new MSCI Frontier Markets Indices, MSCI Asia APEX 50 Index and MSCI GCC (Gulf
Cooperation Council) Countries Large Cap, Mid Cap, Small Cap and Provisional
Standard Indices will be made available on December 18, 2007 via starter
files.

    Index levels and returns will also be available via www.mscibarra.com
shortly after 5:15pm Eastern Standard Time on December 18, 2007, along with
constituent data for the MSCI Asia APEX 50 Index. Real time index levels for
the MSCI Asia APEX 50 Index will also simultaneously be made available to
vendors. Eligible clients will be able to gain access to constituent data for
all the new indices on request from MSCI Barra.

    The index and constituent data will be added to the existing
corresponding MSCI index products on February 7, 2008.

    About MSCI Barra

    MSCI Barra is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to
investment institutions worldwide. MSCI Barra products include indices and
portfolio analytics for use in managing equity, fixed income and multi-asset
class portfolios.

    The company's flagship products are the MSCI International Equity
Indices, which are estimated to have over

    USD 3 trillion benchmarked to them, and the Barra risk models and
portfolio analytics, which cover 56 equity and 46 fixed income markets. MSCI
Barra is headquartered in New York, with research and commercial offices
around the world. Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm, is the
majority shareholder of MSCI Barra.

    MSCI Barra was voted "Index Provider of the Year" at the 2007 Global
Pensions Magazine Awards.

    For further information on MSCI Barra, please visit our web site at
www.mscibarra.com

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    --  None of the Information constitutes an offer to sell (or a
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security, financial product or other investment vehicle or any trading
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instruments or trading strategies. None of the Information, MSCI Barra
indices, models or other products or services is intended to constitute
investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any
kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.

    --  The user of the Information assumes the entire risk of any use it may
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    --  Without limiting any of the foregoing and to the maximum extent
permitted by law, in no event shall any of the MSCI Barra Parties have any
liability regarding any of the Information for any direct, indirect, special,
punitive, consequential (including lost profits) or any other damages even if
notified of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing shall not exclude
or limit any liability that may not by applicable law be excluded or limited.

    --  Any use of or access to products, services or information of MSCI or
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subsidiaries, as applicable. MSCI, Barra, MSCI Barra, EAFE, Aegis, Cosmos,
BarraOne, and all other MSCI and Barra product names are the trademarks,
registered trademarks, or service marks of MSCI, Barra or their affiliates, in
the United States and other jurisdictions. The Global Industry Classification
Standard (GICS) was developed by and is the exclusive property of MSCI and
Standard & Poor's. "Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)" is a
service mark of MSCI and Standard & Poor's.

    --  The governing law applicable to these provisions is the substantive
law of the State of New York without regard to its conflict or choice of law
principles.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Penrose Financial, London Sally Todd 
Clare Milton, + 44.20.7786.4888 or Abernathy MacGregor, New York Pen Pendleton
 Ann Taylor Reed, + 1.212.371.5999 or MSCI Barra Global Client Service: MSCI
Barra, London Aatish Suchak, + 44.20.7618.2222 or MSCI Barra, New York
Izabella Goldenberg, + 1.212.762.5790 or MSCI Barra, San Francisco Jackson
Wang, + 1.415.576.2323 or MSCI Barra, Hong Kong Jane Xu, + 852.2848.7333 or
MSCI Barra, Sydney Pavithra Ramasubban, + 61.2.9220.9333 or MSCI Barra, Tokyo
Masao Ikeda, + 813.5424.5470

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