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Guido Giese

Guido Giese
Executive Director, MSCI Research

About the Contributor

Guido Giese is an Executive Director in the Core Equity Research team. He is responsible for applied research and thought leadership in ESG integration, impact investing and factor investing. Previously, Guido was responsible for the sustainability index solutions business at RobecoSAM, following his tenure as Head of Research and Development at index provider STOXX Ltd. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

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  1. BLOG

    ESG Ratings: How the Weighting Scheme Affected Performance 

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

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    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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    Which ESG Issues Mattered Most? Defining Event and Erosion Risks 

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

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    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?

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

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

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    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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    Have regional equity-market correlations risen? 

    Nov 15, 2019 Guido Giese , Roman Kouzmenko

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    Global equity investors use regions as building blocks in asset allocation, typically segregating markets by how developed they are and by geography. Has globalization reduced the potential for geographical portfolio diversification?

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    Looking inside ESG indexes 

    Aug 30, 2019 Meggin Thwing Eastman , Guido Giese

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    Many investors want to stick to their values or beliefs, as well as meet certain financial objectives. How can ESG indexes  help them address these goals?

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    Has ESG affected stock performance? 

    Nov 29, 2017 Guido Giese

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    Are ESG characteristics tied to stock performance? Many researchers have studied the relationship between companies with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics and corporate financial performance. A major challenge has been to show that positive correlations — when produced — explain the behavior. As the classic phrase used by statisticians says, “correlation does not imply causation.”

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