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MSCI BlogIncorporating sustainable impact in your investment process
Institutional investors increasingly are looking for ways to steer capital toward companies that help to address major social and environmental challenges.
MSCI BlogMSCI INTRODUCES ESG QUALITY SCORES FOR MUTUAL FUNDS, ETFs
A new initiative by MSCI ESG Research is designed to allow asset managers to differentiate funds based on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics of the underlying investments.
MSCI Blog2016 ESG TRENDS TO WATCH: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS
Environmental, social and governance concerns may play a growing role in investment matters in 2016. These trends reflect a softening economy, a long-term shift to a low carbon economy, a generational changeover and institutional forces.
MSCI BlogThe Paris Climate Deal: Implications for Companies
Global listed companies’ current carbon reduction targets fall well short of the proposed aggregate emissions target announced in the Paris climate deal, suggesting that countries may impose tougher regulations.
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.