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  1. BLOG

    Quantifying ESG fund performance 

    Apr 6, 2020 Raina Oberoi , Guillermo Cano

    ESG Research , Factors

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    One challenge facing investors is how to quantify the impact ESG has had on their investment process. We analyzed top ESG funds to better understand the contribution of the ESG factor to their performance.

  2. BLOG

    The value of standards in the investment process 

    Dec 2, 2019 Guillermo Cano

    Global Investing

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    Standards can establish a common language and provide clarity among market participants. We examine three to see how they can help evaluate returns, quantify factor exposures and measure the impact of changes in sector and industry trends.

  3. BLOG

    Cyclicals vs. defensives: Did tariffs tip the scales? 

    Nov 5, 2019 Guillermo Cano

    Economic Exposure , Emerging Markets , Global Investing

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    Did tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China in May trigger a shift to defensive from cyclical stocks? How did they affect different U.S. sectors and industry groups?

  4. BLOG

    Factors and ESG: the truth behind three myths 

    Mar 20, 2019 Guillermo Cano

    Models/Client Cases , ESG Research , Factor Investing

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    There are misconceptions of the relationship between factors and ESG issues. We debunked three common myths about ESG, momentum, quality and smaller-cap stocks.

  5. BLOG

    What market volatility has meant for factors 

    Feb 13, 2019 Guillermo Cano

    Factors , Factor Research Group , Factor Investing

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    As investors continue to focus on factor investing in periods of heightened volatility, we ask how volatility has affected factor performance.

  6. BLOG

    Can the right benchmark improve your vision? 

    Jul 26, 2018 Guillermo Cano

    ESG Research

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    As interest in ESG investing continues to grow, so does the number of actively managed strategies that integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment processes. However, institutional investors and managers have been benchmarking many of these ESG-tilted strategies against standard market-cap-weighted indexes. While these indexes provide a broad basis for evaluating performance, they lack the ability to provide the insights that might be gained from ESG-focused benchmarks.