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Navneet Kumar

Navneet Kumar

Vice President, MSCI Research

Navneet Kumar serves on MSCI’s Core Equity Research team, which conducts proprietary research and strategic product development to address clients’ investment problems. Previously, he worked as a quantitative analyst at HSBC and ARP Research. Navneet is a CFA® charterholder and holds a master’s degree in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

Research and Insights

Articles by Navneet Kumar

    The Drivers of ESG Returns

    Research Report | Feb 26, 2021 | Navneet Kumar , Roman Kouzmenko , Guido Giese , Zoltán Nagy

    As the COVID-19 crisis affected financial markets, all standard MSCI ACWI ESG equity indexes outperformed their market-capitalization benchmarks. Where has this outperformance come from? Have inflows into ESG investments driven up equity valuations, possibly creating a price bubble?

    Is ESG Investing a Price Bubble? Probably Not.

    6 mins read Blog | Dec 9, 2020 | Guido Giese , Navneet Kumar , Zoltán Nagy

    Inflows into ESG funds have soared in recent years and months, in part motivated by outperformance since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted. But have these inflows become a self-fulfilling prophecy, creating an ESG bubble?

    Five Lessons for Investors From the COVID-19 Crisis

    Research Report | May 19, 2020 | Dimitris Melas , Navneet Kumar , Zoltán Nagy , Roman Kouzmenko

    The coronavirus pandemic sparked a surge of volatility across global financial markets. What lessons could investors draw from the COVID-19 crisis? In this paper, we present and discuss empirical evidence supporting five key lessons for investors regarding global investing, managing factors, active management, indexed investing and ESG investing.

    How Hedge Funds Navigated the Start of COVID-19 Volatility

    Blog | May 8, 2020 | Donald Sze , Navneet Kumar

    How did hedge funds navigate the initial volatility amid COVID-19? Though holdings information is limited, and delayed, we gained insights into their reaction by examining the change in hedge-fund portfolios between the end of January and end of February.

    Integrating Factors in Market Indexes and Active Portfolios

    Research Report | Nov 8, 2018 | Dimitris Melas , Navneet Kumar , Zoltán Nagy , Peter Zangari

    Asset owners use indexes as policy benchmarks and reference portfolios in their asset allocation. Index investors track cap-weighted indexes that seek to capture the market return. 

    Anatomy of Hedge Fund Portfolios

    Research Report | Jul 16, 2018 | Navneet Kumar , George Bonne , Roman Kouzmenko

    Measuring hedge funds’ positioning and potential crowding around stocks is of interest to many investors, given these funds’ reputation for outperformance. We explore the performance of hedge fund positions using MSCI HedgePlatform, which has advantages over U.S. Form 13F filings, including monthly data points, improved timeliness and full visibility of short positions.