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Remy Briand

Remy Briand
Head of ESG

About the Contributor

As Head of ESG at MSCI, Remy Briand is responsible for research across all MSCI products, including indexes, risk models and ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings. Over his 25 year career as an investor, independent thinker and business leader, Remy has gained unique insights on topics including global investing, emerging markets, sustainable investment and financial innovation. He regularly shares his views at industry conferences and with financial news media. Remy holds an MSc in Computer Sciences from INSA (Lyon) and an MBA from HEC (Paris).

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  1. BLOG

    Fighting Marxism with smart beta 

    Sep 26, 2016 Remy Briand

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    The latest salvo in a long-running war of words between active and passive managers came recently from AllianceBernstein in a paper titled “The Silent Road to Serfdom: Why Passive Investing Is Worse Than Marxism.” The paper, which argues that passive investing misallocates capital, reminds me of a round of arguments a few years back between David Smith of the U.K.-based advisory firm, Hargreaves Lansdown, and Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, in which each argued that active or passive managers are parasites.

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    What the rise in populism may mean for your portfolio 

    Jul 14, 2016 Remy Briand

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    The decision by a majority of U.K. voters to leave the European Union shines a light on fissures between perceived winners and losers from globalized markets and highlights for investors the importance of factoring the consequences of inequality and popular discontent into their views.

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    When stress tests become reality: which scenario after Brexit? 

    Jun 27, 2016 Remy Briand

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    In recent years, we have emphasized repeatedly that investors need to have a forward-looking view of risk, to anticipate and model extreme events, and, if appropriate, act to ensure their ability to withstand them. Some scenarios never materialize while others, including the U.K. deciding to leave the European Union, do.

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    May 17, 2016 Remy Briand

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    Investors who aim to understand what drives returns over the long run might look to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

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    Our first-quarter review of global stress points 

    Apr 27, 2016 Remy Briand

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    Market movements in the first three months of the year reflected wide gyrations in investors’ assumptions about macroeconomic conditions and asset pricing.

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    Should you hedge your foreign currency exposure? 

    Apr 5, 2016 Remy Briand

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    The volatility of currency has increased in recent years as a combination of quantitative easing and currency wars fuel swings in the foreign-exchange market.

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    The value factor marks a decade of disappointment 

    Mar 9, 2016 Remy Briand

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    Call it a lost decade. The value factor recently marked 10 years of decline in the U.S.

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    How smart beta has performed amid the volatility 

    Feb 16, 2016 Remy Briand

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    The fitfulness of the global recovery has produced quick and unexpected changes in financial markets and handed portfolio managers the challenge of allocating assets amid the market stress.

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    2016: The Year of Living Dangerously? 

    Jan 13, 2016 Remy Briand

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    If 2015 market volatility frayed investor nerves, 2016 might be even more of a nail-biter. MSCI identified 12 stress points globally to be used in quantifying the effect on portfolios of a range of shifts in markets, liquidity and the macroeconomy.

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    Aug 24, 2015 Remy Briand

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    Almost five years ago, MSCI introduced a new line of “multi-factor indexes” that combine factor building blocks into multi-factor combinations to enable investors to focus on specific investment objectives or reflect particular expectations about market performance.

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    Jul 8, 2015 Remy Briand

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    As companies expand their footprint globally, the geographic distribution of their revenues evolves over time and their economic exposures may diverge from their country of domicile and primary listing. We believe that this raises a critical issue for institutional investors.

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    Jun 17, 2015 Remy Briand

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    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.

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    Apr 29, 2015 Remy Briand

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    Maintaining a “home bias” in the equity portfolio may come with huge opportunity costs. In a 2012 study MSCI prepared for Norway’s Ministry of Finance, we examined...

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    Apr 6, 2015 Remy Briand

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    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.”

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    Dec 2, 2014 Remy Briand

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    While a growing body of research shows that exposure to factors, such as Value, Momentum, Low Size and Low Volatility, has produced positive excess returns, factor investing for large-scale portfolios has not been well studied.