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ESG Indexes Through the Slump and Rally of 2020

Over the last year, we witnessed two stock market regimes: a slump — from Jan. 1, 2020, to March 23, 2020, and a rally — between March 24, 2020, and the end of the second week of 2021. The slump and rally provided a unique window to examine the performance of different ESG strategies. There has been a lot of attention focused on how ESG indexes performed during the worst of the pandemic. But how did they fare for the entire year?

 

Relative Performance of Select MSCI ESG Indexes vs MSCI ACWI Index

 

Data from Dec. 31, 2019, to Jan. 15, 2021

 


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