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Up in Smoke? Brazil’s Wildfires May Affect Bond Spreads

Jul 10, 2020 Hamed Faquiryan, Mario López-Alcalá

Clearing Brazilian forests to make way for agriculture may generate a backlash to its soy and beef producers if purchasers impose deforestation-free requirements. What are the potential implications for investors in Brazilian corporate and sovereign debt?


Measuring Climate Risk in Real Estate Portfolios

Jul 8, 2020 Bryan Reid

By evaluating real estate portfolios in terms of different physical risks as well as under different transition-risk scenarios, investors may be able to build a more complete picture of their exposure.


Would Integrating ESG in Chinese Equities Have Worked?

Jul 7, 2020 Naoya Nishimura, Shuo Xu

ESG ratings have reflected financial risk and returns in developed-market and emerging-market equities. But was this true in China, where ESG considerations are still in their infancy?


ESG Ratings: How the Weighting Scheme Affected Performance

Jun 29, 2020 Zoltán Nagy, Linda-Eling Lee, Guido Giese

Our recent research suggests that environmental and social issues were more industry specific and tended to show up in financial measures over a longer time frame compared to governance issues. How can E, S and G issues be combined?

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Managing Climate Risk in Investment Portfolios

Jun 26, 2020 NAGY Zoltan, Rauis BRUNO

How can active managers integrate climate risk in their portfolios? We test four simple exclusion strategies on a sample global equity portfolio, examining their impact on the risk, return and market exposures.


Which ESG Issues Mattered Most? Defining Event and Erosion Risks

Jun 22, 2020 Guido Giese, Zoltán Nagy, Linda-Eling Lee

Very different ESG issues can be material for different industries. Our research suggests that risks can be divided into two main types: “event” risks and “erosion” risks to companies’ long-term competitiveness. Which ones mattered most for E, S and G?

Research Paper

Engaging Companies on Palm Oil Deforestation

Jun 22, 2020 HU Jingmin, SHIBANO Yukie, KIM SK

Top palm oil buyers and producers have set zero-deforestation goals, with many committing to achieve this target by 2020. This paper introduces MSCI’s data and research in this area.


Is ESG All About the ‘G’? That Depends on Your Time Horizon.

Jun 15, 2020 Linda-Eling Lee, Guido Giese, Zoltán Nagy

The conventional wisdom has it that governance is the most dominant of the three E, S and G pillars. But our analysis finds different results when looking at contribution to performance over different time horizons.


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