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Press ReleaseMSCI launches public tool to help corporates and industry stakeholders understand its ESG Ratings model
MSCI BlogWhat ESG Ratings Tell Us About Corporate Bonds
How did incorporating ESG factors affect the performance of corporate-bond portfolios? Did ESG add insights beyond credit ratings? How did ESG impact risk and performance of investment-grade and high-yield bonds? Short-dated versus long-dated bonds?
Research PaperFoundations of ESG Investing in Corporate Bonds
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is a very broad field with many different investment approaches addressing various investment objectives across asset classes. While there are many studies relating to ESG in equities, the risk assessment of ESG considerations within fixed income may be equally if not more important. Bonds have limited upside, but in a negative scenario, investors can potentially lose all their invested capital. At a top level, we can break down ESG...
Research PaperManaging Portfolios in a Low-Rates Age
The low-rate environment of recent years has affected institutional investors across the spectrum, particularly the insurance sector, which has traditionally allocated a large portion of assets to fixed income. Lower returns from fixed income of late has meant some insurers have had to revise their asset allocations toward assets such as equities. While equities can potentially increase long-term performance, their returns have been more volatile than those of bonds, even over longer horizons...
Research PaperFlooding in the Yangtze River Basin Threatens Mines and Power Plants
China’s Yangtze River economic belt accounts for nearly half of the country’s total economic output. Since 2020, the Hubei region has experienced record rainfall and historic flooding that has overwhelmed the banks of the river and the massive Three Gorges Dam. We identified 25 facilities in our coverage universe that are located downstream from the Three Gorges Dam and may be exposed to disruption or damage by the floods affecting the Yangtze River Basin.
Research PaperCombining E, S, and G Scores: An Exploration of Alternative Weighting Schemes
How an overall ESG rating is constructed can significantly impact its usefulness. We tested two approaches: equal weighting and backward optimization. Equally weighting E, S, and G pillar scores across sectors showed less financial significance than the stand-alone G pillar score — that is, without E and S scores — over the 13-year study period. Backward optimization showed greater significance than stand-alone G scores but may underestimate the importance of ESG indicators to financial...
MSCI BlogWould Integrating ESG in Chinese Equities Have Worked?
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?
MSCI BlogESG Ratings: How the Weighting Scheme Affected Performance
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?
MSCI BlogWhich ESG Issues Mattered Most? Defining Event and Erosion Risks
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?
MSCI BlogIs ESG All About the ‘G’? That Depends on Your Time Horizon.
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.