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Laura Nishikawa

Laura Nishikawa
Head of Fixed Income in ESG Research

About the Contributor

Laura Nishikawa is Head of Fixed Income in ESG Research. Previously, Laura conducted macroeconomic research with the United Nations Development Program, and led research studies on political consumerism at McGill University. Laura holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree from McGill University. She is a CFA charterholder.

Blog posts by Laura Nishikawa

  1. As institutional equity investors increasingly think about the long term, they may adjust their portfolios to accommodate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns in their investment decision-making processes. That can be particularly challenging for the largest investors, such as pension funds and endowments, whose portfolios span the entire equity market.

  2. Companies that paid top executives far more than they paid their rank-and-file workers tended to be less profitable over time than those that had narrow gaps between worker and executive pay, research by MSCI ESG Research suggests.

  3. Institutional investors increasingly are looking for ways to steer capital toward companies that help to address major social and environmental challenges.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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