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Kumar Neeraj

Kumar Neeraj

Executive Director, MSCI Research

Kumar Neeraj is a member of the new product research team at MSCI and is responsible for producing research that focusses on new MSCI Index products. Prior to MSCI, Neeraj worked at Credit Suisse in Prime Services where he was responsible for analysing hedge fund portfolios. Neeraj holds an MBA degree in Finance from the Indian School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.

Research and Insights

Articles by Kumar Neeraj

    A Thematic Lens for Portfolios

    6 mins read Blog | Dec 17, 2020 | Stuart Doole , Kumar Neeraj , Vishad Bhalodia

    We show how MSCI Thematic Exposure relevance scores helped position growth funds, as an example, alongside thematic funds, and highlighted key megatrends that drove performance. A thematic lens can help analyze other categories and strategies as well.

    China Tech Investing: An Indexed Approach

    5 mins read Blog | Dec 2, 2020 | Wei Xu , Kumar Neeraj , Devika Ghate

    China’s emergence as a tech leader holds great potential. But its technology value chain isn’t limited to IT firms. Opportunity lies across sectors, from electric vehicles to medical devices. How does one effectively gain exposure?  

    Aligning Portfolios with the Paris Agreement

    Research Report | Oct 26, 2020 | Kumar Neeraj , Véronique Menou , Stuart Doole

    The pressure on institutional investors to act on climate change and demonstrate its influence on their decision-making and portfolio construction continues to grow. Increasingly, the focus is on the alignment of client investment strategies with the decarbonization 

    Aligning with the Paris Agreement: An Index Approach

    5 mins read Blog | Oct 22, 2020 | Stuart Doole , Véronique Menou , Kumar Neeraj

    Institutional investors are under pressure to align their strategies with a maximum global temperature increase of 1.5oC as targeted by the Paris Agreement. We examine how they can approach this while respecting other investment constraints.

    Indexing Change: Understanding MSCI Thematic Indexes

    Research Report | Nov 22, 2019 | Vishad Bhalodia , Stuart Doole , Kumar Neeraj , Ketaki Garg , Devika Ghate

    Thematic investing has become increasingly popular with institutional and retail investors. We review the concept and how it differs from factor and ESG investment processes. Additionally, we lay out how we model various themes to build a rule-based index methodology representing the performance of companies exposed to a certain trend.

    Investing in the SDGs

    Research Report | Dec 14, 2018 | Kumar Neeraj , Meggin Eastman

    This joint discussion paper from MSCI and the OECD proposes a framework for discussion around investment options and the potential role of institutional investors in achieving the SDGs.

    Empowering Women in the Workplace

    Research Report | Jul 5, 2017 | Kumar Neeraj , Gaurav Trivedi , Meggin Eastman , Yukie Shibano

    Japan’s government has set goals for increasing women’s participation and promotion in the business world, a policy that research shows could have substantial benefits for Japanese firms and the overall economy. Women are a historically underutilized resource in Japan; their greater participation and advancement in the workforce could have substantial benefits for the Japanese economy and long-term portfolio returns. The Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) aims to overweight companies whose...

    Keep it Broad: An Approach to ESG Strategic Tilting

    Research Report | Feb 8, 2017 | Kumar Neeraj , Véronique Menou , Stuart Doole , Laura Nishikawa

    HOW CAN UNIVERSAL OWNERS INTEGRATE ESG PRINCIPLES WHILE MAINTAINING A BROAD AND DIVERSIFIED INVESTMENT UNIVERSE? Institutional investors are increasingly looking for ways to integrate ESG considerations into their investment decisions. By doing so, they may aim to mitigate long-term risks, generate higher risk-adjusted performance and/or align investments with broader societal objectives. As ESG investment guidelines become more commonplace among asset owners, and as many continue to build...

    Raising Minimum Governance Standards - Selecting Quality Companies for the Long Term

    Research Report | Dec 7, 2015 | Ric Marshall , Stuart Doole , Kumar Neeraj

    Institutional investors concerned with excessive focus on short-term results are increasingly seeking to improve minimum corporate governance standards of their portfolio companies. To date, active engagement has been widely recognized as an effective means to promote sustainable long-term growth and risk management of a portfolio, but such approaches can be costly and difficult to scale. We put forward a potential approach for institutional investors to systematically raise minimum...

    Raising Minimum Governance Standards

    Research Report | Dec 7, 2015 | Ric Marshall , Stuart Doole , Kumar Neeraj

    Institutional investors concerned with excessive focus on short-term results are increasingly seeking to improve minimum corporate governance standards of their portfolio companies. To date, active engagement has been widely recognized as an effective means to promote sustainable long-term growth and risk management of a portfolio, but such approaches can be costly and difficult to scale. We put forward a potential approach for institutional investors to systematically raise minimum...