Barra has introduced its Barra Risk Factor tool for the brokerage industry. The financial risk assessment tool enables stockbrokers, investment advisors and other retail investment professionals to compare the relative volatility of an individual stock to facilitate more informed investment decisions. Barra Risk Factor is browser-based and produces and comparative risk number for more than 10,000 U.S. stocks. The Risk Factor results are based on Barra's multiple factor model calculations and places the stock in a percentile ranking and compares its risk to its industry, sector or the broad market. ILX System has adopted the Barra Risk Factor and will integrate and distribute the functionality to its retail broker subscribers.
KMV has introduced its Credit Monitor 4, enhanced Windows-based credit risk analysis product. Credit Monitor 4 incorporates the full functionality for KMV's Private Firm Module and adds 125,000 European private firms to the database of 25,000 publicly traded companies. Credit Monitor tracks the creditworthiness of the organizations over time, with data updated monthly and up to five years of historical information and drivers on each company. Credit Monitor 4 also includes transaction wizards, comparables analysis, dual axis graphing and enhanced navigation for ease of use.