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ESG Ratings: How the Weighting Scheme Affected Performance

Jun 29, 2020 Zoltán Nagy, Linda-Eling Lee, Guido Giese

Our recent research suggests that environmental and social issues were more industry specific and tended to show up in financial measures over a longer time frame compared to governance issues. How can E, S and G issues be combined?

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Managing Climate Risk in Investment Portfolios

Jun 26, 2020 NAGY Zoltan, Rauis BRUNO

How can active managers integrate climate risk in their portfolios? We test four simple exclusion strategies on a sample global equity portfolio, examining their impact on the risk, return and market exposures.


Which ESG Issues Mattered Most? Defining Event and Erosion Risks

Jun 22, 2020 Guido Giese, Zoltán Nagy, Linda-Eling Lee

Very different ESG issues can be material for different industries. Our research suggests that risks can be divided into two main types: “event” risks and “erosion” risks to companies’ long-term competitiveness. Which ones mattered most for E, S and G?

Research Paper

Engaging Companies on Palm Oil Deforestation

Jun 22, 2020 HU Jingmin, SHIBANO Yukie, KIM SK

Top palm oil buyers and producers have set zero-deforestation goals, with many committing to achieve this target by 2020. This paper introduces MSCI’s data and research in this area.


Is ESG All About the ‘G’? That Depends on Your Time Horizon.

Jun 15, 2020 Linda-Eling Lee, Guido Giese, Zoltán Nagy

The conventional wisdom has it that governance is the most dominant of the three E, S and G pillars. But our analysis finds different results when looking at contribution to performance over different time horizons.

Research Paper

Deconstructing ESG Ratings Performance: Risk and Return for E, S And G by Time Horizon, Sector and Weighting

Jun 15, 2020 GIESE Guido, NAGY Zoltan, LEE Linda-Eling

How are environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings constructed? Which indicators are the most important in assessing ESG characteristics? Does the answer vary by sector? This foundational paper examines the impact on financial performance of two types of ESG indicators: the individual E, S and G pillars scores and the underlying ESG Key Issue scores.  

Research Paper

Green Bonds — Trends and Beyond

Jun 4, 2020 MEHTA Meghna

Building Better ESG Indexes: 30 Years On

May 27, 2020 Stuart Doole

How ESG indexes have evolved over the past 30 years: A Q&A with Stuart Doole, head of new index development at MSCI, about his conversations with investors since the COVID19 crisis started, the growth of ESG investing and how MSCI Research uses AI and machine learning in developing its ESG indexes.


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