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Joseph Wickremasinghe

Joseph Wickremasinghe

Executive Director, MSCI Research

Joseph Wickremasinghe is an analytics client consultant at MSCI. He covers asset-manager and hedge-fund clients on the West Coast. Prior to joining MSCI, Joseph worked at Union Bank, as part of its model-validation team, and as a risk manager on Cargill’s energy and petrochemicals trading desk. He started his career as a software developer with MicroStrategy. Joseph earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Oxford. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

Research and Insights

Articles by Joseph Wickremasinghe

    The Efficacy of ESG Momentum

    2 mins read Quick Take | Aug 31, 2022 | Joseph Wickremasinghe

    Prior MSCI research has shown that ESG momentum — a measure of year-over-year changes to a company’s industry-adjusted ESG score — has been an impactful financial indicator, but it’s important to reassess its validity in the current market environment.

    Breaking Down the Direct Indexing Investment Process

    Research Report | Jul 28, 2022 | Abhishek Gupta , Joseph Wickremasinghe

    Direct indexing has prompted wealth managers to evaluate their implementation choices for individual clients. Our research focuses on aspects of the wealth manager’s implementation of direct indexing as well as tax optimization.

    Can Companies Push Other Companies to Reach Net-Zero by Degrees?

    Podcast | Jan 27, 2022 | Meggin Thwing Eastman , Joseph Wickremasinghe

    The largest source of many companies’ carbon emissions come from their suppliers. We look at how firms across industries approach this challenge as they work toward their net-zero goals, including the efforts of HP and MSCI.

    Are Your Clients Ready for US Tax Day?

    6 mins read Blog | May 10, 2021 | Raina Oberoi , Yuliya Plyakha Ferenc , Joseph Wickremasinghe , Paulina Serrano

    Given the complexity of U.S. tax regulation, wealth advisers continue to grapple with how to build tax-efficient portfolios while balancing clients’ other objectives. We propose a rules-based way of doing so and analyze its benefits and trade-offs.