US indices poised for new communications sector

Financial News: US equities indices are poised for a revamp to keep up with the evolving nature of communications.
 


Car Makers Count Costs of Global Warming Emissions Standards

The Wall Street Journal: Car makers are racing into electric vehicles, but they may not be fast enough to avoid fat European emissions penalties


Here's a super-short history of 2,400 years of emerging markets

Business Insider: Modern emerging markets will celebrate their 30th birthday on December 31, 2017, the anniversary of the creation of the MSCI EM Index.


The environmental costs of bitcoin are not worth the candle

Financial News: To make the cryptocurrency more sustainable, vested interests would have to be confronted.
 


Axa Insurance to add niche bond and ESG funds

Asian Investor: The Singapore-based deputy director for investment and wealth management at Axa Insurance is adding funds in both areas in response to rising investor demand.

 


A Warning Shot on Equifax: Index Provider Flagged Security Issues Last Year

The Wall Street Journal: MSCI cautioned in an August 2016 report that Equifax was ill-prepared to face the ‘increasing frequency and sophistication of data breaches’.


A new report suggests a fundamental idea behind CEO pay could be ‘broken’

The Washington Post: In the world of executive compensation, one idea has long been considered gospel. Chief executive pay, companies say, is tied to the returns they produce for shareholders, and the "pay for performance" concept is used to defend the lofty stock-based compensation that makes up the majority of most large public companies' pay packages.


Companies That Perform Best Don’t Pay CEOs the Most

The Wall Street Journal: The study, from investment research firm MSCI Inc., compared 10 years of stock-market returns at 423 U.S. companies to the compensation their CEOs received over that period. It found highly paid CEOs among the worst performers and vice versa, even counting market gains on their equity compensation.


IHS, MSCI collaborate on liquidity tool

Fund Intelligence: Trading data provider IHS Markit and portfolio analytics firm MSCI are working together on a technology offering aimed at helping fund companies comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s so-called liquidity rule.


Indexer looks to tap quant fund demand for big data

Risk.net: MSCI’s historical real-time data could be used in backtesting strategies, pricing exotic options.


China’s MSCI constituents must meet environmental, social and governance ratings within two years

South China Morning Post: Global equity indices compiler also warns it’s not happy with current high level of trading suspensions.


MSCI chief: Why Asia will embrace ESG

Asian Investor: There are any number of reasons why the spread of environment, social and governance investing seems inevitable, argues Henry Fernandez, CEO of the index provider.
 


MSCI to add ESG Staff in Asia Revenue Pursuit

Asian Investor: In the first of a two-part series, MSCI chief Henry Fernandez says the index provider aims to boost its Asia headcount as part of an effort to expand lagging regional revenues.

 


Foreign Investors now more Realistic about M’sia

The Edge KL: One of the most defining events in ther next 10 or 20 years in the financial economy is the integration of China's capital markets into the global markets.


MSCI Inclusion: One Small Step for China A-shares

CNBC: Henry Fernandez, CEO of MSCI, says the decision to include China A-shares in the MSCI EM index was based on the success of the mainland's stock connect programs.


MSCI CEO: Investors Returning to Emerging Markets

Bloomberg Canada: Henry Fernandez, CEO of MSCI joins Bloomberg TV Canada’s Lily Jamali to discuss interest in emerging market assets and changes on the horizon for the MSCI Emerging Market Index..

 


Japan’s GPIF on the Hunt for More ESG Assets

Bloomberg: Henry Fernandez, chairman and chief executive officer at MSCI, discusses investing in socially responsible assets, the trends he's seeing, better corporate governance and dual class structures. He speaks on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."


MSCI Increases China A-shares to Emerging Market Index

CNBC: CNBC's Bob Pisani talks to Sebastien Lieblich, MSCI global head of index management research, about increasing China mainland stocks in its indices.


China Shares to Make up 0.7% of MSCI Index

Bloomberg: China's domestic equities will join MSCI's benchmark indexes after three failed attempts, a landmark step in the nation’s integration with the global financial system. MSCI Chairman and CEO Henry Fernandez weighs in on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."

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