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Rohit Mendiratta

Rohit Mendiratta

Senior Associate, MSCI Research

Rohit Mendiratta is a Senior Associate in the Data Science Research team, which analyzes alternative data sets to solve investment problems. Previously, he worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Thomas White International and also worked at Fractal Analytics. Rohit has a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is a CFA charterholder and Certified FRM.

Research and Insights

Articles by Rohit Mendiratta

    Paris-Aligned Indexes to Manage the Future

    6 mins read Blog | Feb 17, 2022 | Dinank Chitkara , Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta

    As commitments to reach net-zero by 2050 surge, institutional investors are looking for tools to implement net-zero strategies in portfolios. Futures linked to the MSCI Climate Paris Aligned Indexes are one option for asset managers and asset owners.

    How ESG Affected Corporate Credit Risk and Performance

    Research Report | Nov 30, 2021 | Hitendra Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Guido Giese

    Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is a very broad field with many different investment approaches addressing various investment objectives across asset classes. While there are many studies relating to ESG in equities, the risk assessment of ESG considerations within fixed income may be equally if not more important. 

    In Transition to a New Economy: Corporate Bonds and Climate-Change Risk

    Research Report | Nov 24, 2021 | Guido Giese , Afsaneh Mastouri , Rohit Mendiratta

    In this paper, we highlight to investors and portfolio managers the significance of climate-change risk for the value of corporate bonds, as well as provide a framework for further research in this area.

    ESG and Climate Derivatives in Equity Exposure Management

    Research Report | Jul 14, 2021 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Saurabh Katiyar

    Sustainable investing is on the rise around the world. We review four case studies involving global equities as a way to explore how investors could have used sustainable derivatives when managing ESG and climate-transition risk exposures.

    How Are High-ESG-Rated Bond Portfolios Distinct?

    7 mins read Blog | Feb 5, 2021 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Guido Giese , Hitendra Varsani

    ESG investing makes up an increasingly large footprint in equity portfolios, but ESG integration in bond portfolios is still in its early days. We examine the characteristics that make high-ESG-rated corporate-bond portfolios distinct.

    What ESG Ratings Tell Us About Corporate Bonds

    6 mins read Blog | Nov 11, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Guido Giese , Hitendra Varsani

    How did incorporating ESG factors affect the performance of corporate-bond portfolios? Did ESG add insights beyond credit ratings? How did ESG impact risk and performance of investment-grade and high-yield bonds? Short-dated versus long-dated bonds?

    Corporate Bonds Through a Factor and ESG Lens

    Blog | Jul 20, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Hitendra Varsani

    COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how companies manage cash flows and liquidity. Bond investors face the possibility of increased leverage, rating downgrades and defaults. Can factors and ESG metrics shed light on these risks?

    Factors in Focus: How Trendy Is Your Style Factor?

    9 mins read Blog | Jul 6, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra Varsani

    As markets rallied worldwide, investors took on high-beta exposure and rotated away from stocks with lower risk. The latest edition of Factors in Focus explores the details.

    Using Derivatives to Manage Volatile Markets

    Blog | May 4, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Hitendra Varsani

    We’ve previously noted growth in derivatives contracts to manage emerging-markets exposure in normal and stressed times. Now, facing a real-world stress test, how did investors use these tools? How have implied volatilities and option premium changed?

    Corporate-bond performance by factors and ESG

    Blog | Apr 14, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Hitendra Varsani

    The volatility seen in equity markets was also present among investment-grade corporate bonds,. We use factors and ESG ratings to dissect these bonds’ performance over Q1 2020.

    Factors in Focus: Risk sentiment and factor dynamics in a crisis

    Blog | Apr 2, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Waman Virgaonkar , Hitendra Varsani

    We analyzed the market effects from COVID-19 and a Saudi Arabia/Russia oil-price war. We also examined – for the first time – credit factor performance. How did the quarter play out? What did our adaptive multi-factor model show as it ended?

    Did corporate-credit factors offer a risk-return edge?

    Blog | Jan 24, 2020 | Hitendra D Varsani , Rohit Mendiratta , Hitendra Varsani

    Factors have gained popularity in equity investing for providing insight into the key drivers of portfolio risk and returns. Did tilting hypothetical fixed-income portfolios toward some bond-specific factors benefit investors?

    Factors and Corporate Bonds: Single and Multi-Factor Approaches to Corporate Credit

    Research Report | Jan 6, 2020 | Rohit Mendiratta , Vipul Jain , Hitendra Varsani

    Could factor investing offer a risk-return edge in USD investment-grade corporate credit? We simulated the past performance of six fixed-income factors — value, low size, quality, momentum, carry and low risk — that broadly align with MSCI’s equity factors.

    More than a feeling: Quantifying consumer sentiment

    Blog | Jul 17, 2019 | Rohit Mendiratta , George Bonne

    Among a flood of alternative data sources, consumer sentiment based on citations online stood out.

    Should we be surprised by earnings surprises?

    Blog | Feb 1, 2019 | Rohit Mendiratta , George Bonne

    Early 2019 earnings season has already contained a number of high-profile surprises, such as Facebooks's, but how predictable are these surprises, and what happens when earnings surprises return to trend?