Oct 5, 2017| ESG Research
Last year, we asked whether pay awards to U.S. chief executive officers reflected long-term shareholder returns, and found they did not. The bottom fifth of companies by equity incentive award outperformed the top fifth by nearly 39% on average on a 10-year cumulative basis.Read More »
Institutional investors increasingly are moving toward integrating ESG criteria into their portfolios and their factor allocations, in particular. This shift is driven by their recognition of the financial relevance of ESG issues to their risk management and their focus on long-term sustainable investing.Read More »
Sep 26, 2017| Real Estate Investing
When developing investment strategies, institutional investors in private real estate tend to rely on market-level performance data. But many real estate investors know that every asset is different and even two seemingly identical assets in the same area can produce very different returns. How can they...Read More »
Convertible contingent securities — known as “CoCo bonds”-- are a popular form of hybrid debt, but they can be hard to value when issuers head into troubled waters. These securities are a form of risky debt (typically issued by European financial institutions) that convert to equity when a predetermined...Read More »
A lot has been written about the persistence of the global small-cap premium. But what, apart from size, distinguishes small-cap stocks from their large- and mid-cap counterparts, and how can these distinctions help institutional investors?Read More »
How are institutional investors tackling climate-change risk in their portfolios? Thanks partly to global initiatives such as the Montreal Pledge and the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition, both launched in 2014, many institutional investors have moved quickly to understand the long-term portfolio...Read More »
In May, we wrote that despite the generally low market volatility that has prevailed this year, investors were paying relatively high prices for downside protection as measured by “options skew” – the difference in implied volatility between an out-of-the-money option and an at-the-money option. High skew...Read More »
We see a growing number of institutional investors seeking to avoid financial risks associated with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, or even to enhance returns by investing in companies that have strong ESG track records. As we wrote in an earlier blog post, these investors are typically...Read More »
Markets have enjoyed a relatively long period of positive returns and low volatility, making some investors wonder if a correction is imminent. One possible trigger for a correction would be investors concluding that market valuations have become extreme, which could lower future returns.Read More »
May. 05, 2015
As an asset class, real estate typically has a high degree of home bias, especially when compared to equities and fixed income. However, this home bias is starting to erode, with asset owners in most countries already investing internationally or actively exploring options for building off-shore exposures.
Apr. 29, 2015
Maintaining a “home bias” in the equity portfolio may come with huge opportunity costs. In a 2012 study MSCI prepared for Norway’s Ministry of Finance, we examined...
Apr. 23, 2015
After the global financial crisis of 2008, investors and regulators realized that liquidity risk in multi-asset class portfolios could no longer be overlooked. Too many risk models had assumed ample funding and low trading costs, which contributed to the meltdown.
Systematic Equity Strategies, when represented as factors in risk models, allow investment managers to better monitor the sources of risk and return in equity portfolios. We believe that they also improve forecast accuracy and help construction of portfolios that tilt towards (or away from) these strategies, which are rules-based or computer-based implementations.
Apr. 15, 2015
Global property has delivered another stellar year of performance of 9.9%, the fifth consecutive year of strong returns since the financial crisis, and the best performance since 2007. A series of countries performed particularly well over the past year, most notably Ireland with a record return of 40%, but also the U.K. (17.9%) and U.S. (11.5%).
Apr. 06, 2015
Climate change presents one of the biggest economic and political challenges of the 21st century, and yet investors are only starting to explore the effect these changes could have on financial assets. A key concern is the potential effect on portfolios of “carbon stranded assets.”
Mar. 23, 2015
We head into the new year with the backdrop of swooning oil prices and (re)newed geopolitical fault‐lines, juxtaposed against a return to growth in the US and emergence of the next generation of tech darlings.
Mar. 23, 2015
The classic 60:40 mix of stocks and bonds has shifted to a 40:40:20 mix of stocks, bonds and alternatives, according to the 2014 MSCI Asset Owner survey.
Mar. 17, 2015
When RiskMetrics, now a part of MSCI, announced Value-at-Risk (VaR) as its stated measure of risk in 1996, it initiated an industry standard for institutional risk management that was quickly adopted by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for its internal capital adequacy models.
Feb. 11, 2015
China A-Shares are too big to be ignored but remain difficult for many institutional investors to access. How can global investors avoid a stock market that is now the world’s third-largest, with a total market value of nearly USD 4 trillion, putting it just behind the United States and Japan?
Insights, data and commentary from MSCI Research about global investing, the movement of asset prices, investing for the long term, and risk and return to help investors make better-informed decisions.