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MSCI BlogRAISING MINIMUM GOVERNANCE STANDARDS
Institutional investors concerned with excessive investor and corporate focus on short-term results are seeking to improve minimum corporate governance standards of their portfolio companies.
MSCI BlogWomen on Boards: Global Trends in Gender Diversity
Many institutional investors are increasingly focused on the gender composition of company boards, according to our research. Some studies show significant outperformance by companies with women on boards, though no one can show a direct link between the two.
MSCI BlogOWNERSHIP FORMS AND GOVERNANCE CONTROL
Just as the MSCI ACWI Index includes companies representative of a diversity of industries and equity markets, it also includes a diversity of ownership forms, ranging from fully controlled companies to those companies that are so widely held that their largest shareholder owns no more than 2% of shares.
MSCI BlogCAN ESG ADD ALPHA?
Interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) mandates has grown considerably over the past few years, but some institutional investors remain concerned that inclusion of ESG factors may come at the cost of weaker risk-adjusted returns. Our research shows that this is not necessarily the case.
MSCI BlogRE-EXAMINING THE TAX GAP FOR MSCI WORLD COMPANIES
Regulatory authorities are now taking a much tougher approach to corporate tax rates. Since we explored the topic in December 2013 (The ‘Tax Gap’ in the MSCI World), the regulatory outlook has shifted substantially.
MSCI BlogDO ENTRENCHED BOARDS HELP OR HURT STOCK PERFORMANCE?
Do entrenched boards help or hurt stock performance of publicly held companies? We found that the involvement of entrenched boards, particularly at family-dominated firms, was a positive attribute over the five-year period ending March 2015, in both the U.S. and emerging markets.
MSCI BlogBEYOND DIVESTMENT: USING LOW CARBON INDEXES
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.”
MSCI BlogESG TRENDS TO WATCH FOR 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.