S&P Dow Jones and MSCI add real estate to GICS

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S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI have announced that as a result of their annual review of the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) structure, a new real estate sector is being created, elevating its position from under the Financials Sector and bringing the number of GICS Sectors to 11.

Additionally, a sub-industry for copper is being created. The changes are being considered for implementation after the market close (ET) on August 31, 2016.

“Feedback from the annual GICS structural review confirmed that Real Estate is now viewed as a distinct asset class and is increasingly being incorporated separately into the strategic asset allocation of asset owners,” said Remy Briand, managing director and global head Equity Research at MSCI. “Investors told us that there are significant differences between public Real Estate and Financial companies and therefore Real Estate deserves a dedicated GICS Sector. Today’s announcement ensures that GICS continues to be the most accurate, complete and standard industry analysis framework for investment research, portfolio management and asset allocation.”

According to David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices: “Real estate is an important and growing part of major economies throughout the world. To reflect this and support good financial analysis, GICS is introducing an eleventh sector for Real Estate and redefining financials to exclude Real Estate. This is an example of our ongoing effort to ensure that GICS is reflective of today’s markets.”

The annual review is intended to ensure that the GICS structure continues to appropriately represent the global equity markets and, thereby, enables asset owners, asset managers and investment research specialists to make consistent global comparisons by industry. The GICS revision is the result of a consultation with members of the global investment community.

S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI are proposing to implement the changes to the GICS structure after the market close (ET) on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, but are requesting feedback from market participants on this proposed implementation date by February 13, 2015. The final decision on the date of implementation will be announced by March 13, 2015. The list of securities affected by these changes will be announced at a later date closer to the implementation, but with plenty of advance notice.



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