Innovative new Index to Track Growing Market of Bonds Issued to Fund Projects with Environmental Benefits
New York - July 1, 2014 - Barclays, publisher of leading broad market bond benchmarks, and MSCI Inc., a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today an agreement to launch a new Green Bond Index, expanding on their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) fixed income benchmark index family launched in June 2013.
Further Positions MSCI as a Leading Provider of ESG Research and Analysis
New York - June 27, 2014 - MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI) announced today that it has agreed to acquire GMI Ratings, a provider of ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings and research to institutional investors, through its subsidiary MSCI ESG Research Inc. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
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RI INSIGHT: Clean Thematic Investing Report
When is dirty clean? Widening the Cleantech Lens by Matt Moscardi, Senior Analyst and Head of Financial Sector Research, MSCI ESG Research
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ESG Inside: Practical Integration into the Investment Process
The RI/MSCI ESG Research Round Table Report 2014 brings together a group of respected professionals in ESG research, institutional consultancy and portfolio management to examine real-world applications for ESG research in the risk and return decisions made by investment managers. The report summarizes the key highlights of the discussion, which took place in New York at MSCI’s headquarters in December 2013.
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In response to the 350.org call for divestment, investors globally are taking a closer look at the role of fossil fuels in their investment strategies.
The MSCI ESG Research Issue Brief, Options for Reducing Fossil Fuel Exposure, assesses four approaches investors can take to reduce exposure to fossil fuels in their portfolios. All four approaches achieved a lower carbon footprint and carbon intensity relative to MSCI ACWI, with the low carbon approach showing the lowest carbon intensity and highest active returns.
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New York - March 20, 2014 - MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that Everence, a faith-based investment products and services provider, has subscribed to MSCI ESG Research Inc. in order to begin integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors throughout its investment processes.
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The 2° Investing Initiative [2°ii] is a multi-stakeholder think tank bringing together financial institutions, issuers, policy makers, research institutes, experts, and NGOs. Dedicated to research, awareness raising and advocacy in order to promote the integration of climate constraints in financial institutions’ investment strategies and financial regulation, 2°ii organizes sharing and diffusion of knowledge and coordinates research projects. The association was founded in 2012 in Paris and has recently opened a liaison in Beijing. The name of the initiative relates to the objective of connecting the dots between the +2°C climate goal, risk and performance assessment of investment portfolios, and financial regulatory frameworks.
London - February 13, 2014 - MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced today that GjensidigeStiftelsen, the Norwegian foundation with approximately USD 8 billion in assets under management, selected MSCI ESG Research Inc. to provide ethical screening and external manager engagement services.
London - January 30th, 2014 - The Church of England national investing bodies and CCLA, a specialist investment manager for charities, churches, and local authorities, have together selected MSCI ESG Research Inc. to provide global ethical screening, ESG ratings, and other services.
We close the books on a successful 2013 and look forward to 2014 with our annual ESG Trends to Watch Report.
A note from Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Research: "As we close out a year in which investors have turned cautious on some Emerging Market economies, when the share price of coal producers has tumbled due to weakening demand, and as political fights over the government's fiscal position shut down the US government for the first time in 17 years, which ESG themes will intersect with key market trends next year? In this annual edition of our ESG Trends to Watch, we explore some of the most pressing questions that our clients are asking heading into 2014."
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