Rohit Mendiratta conducts index research and product development, working toward strategically expanding MSCI’s fixed-income index franchise. Previously, he worked as a quantitative analyst at Thomas White International and also worked at Fractal. Rohit holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is a CFA® Charterholder and GARP-certified FRM®.
Research and Insights
Articles by Rohit Mendiratta
MSCI MarketAxess Tradable Corporate Bond Indexes: A Peek Under the HoodResearch Report | Nov 22, 2023 |
We look deep into these indexes to determine what’s led to their showing characteristics, such as duration, spread and yield, similar to those of the parent index, as well as similar risk-adjusted performance.
Understanding MSCI Climate Corporate Bond IndexesResearch Report | Jun 23, 2023 |
We offer a comprehensive guide for investors to illustrate how a complex set of financial and climate targets and climate investment objectives can be simultaneously integrated into the construction of indexes as well as portfolios.
Corporate Bonds and Climate Change RiskResearch Report | Feb 22, 2023 |
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.
Paris-Aligned Indexes to Manage the Future6 mins read Blog | Feb 17, 2022 |
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 PerformanceResearch Report | Nov 30, 2021 |
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.
ESG and Climate Derivatives in Equity Exposure ManagementResearch Report | Jul 14, 2021 |
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 |
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 Bonds6 mins read Blog | Nov 11, 2020 |
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 LensBlog | Jul 20, 2020 |
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 |
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 MarketsBlog | May 4, 2020 |
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 ESGBlog | Apr 14, 2020 |
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 crisisBlog | Apr 2, 2020 |
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 |
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 CreditResearch Report | Jan 6, 2020 |
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 sentimentBlog | Jul 17, 2019 |
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 |
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?