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Factoring in ESG

Feb 26, 2021 Guillermo Cano, Simon Minovitsky

How much does ESG contribute to portfolio risk and return? We looked at whether ESG performance was influenced by other factors or helped explain returns as a factor in its own right, using the MSCI Global Equity Factor Model + ESG.

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Finding the Sentiment Hidden in Regulatory Filings

Feb 24, 2021 Vipul Jain, Kunal Jha

Using natural language processing techniques, we constructed a sentiment factor that quantifies changes in the tone and content of company filings, and may be an indicator of future risks facing a company.

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Are (Stock) Bubbles Rising?

Feb 12, 2021 George Bonne, Howard Zhang, Jay Yao

How does one identify or quantify a bubble? We propose a framework for assessing the “bubbliness” of stocks and portfolios, rooted in the idea that bubbles are driven by the same forces, and share characteristics with crowded trades.

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Factors in Focus: Val-come Back! Shifting Factors as the Cycle Turns

Jan 6, 2021 Hitendra D Varsani, Waman Virgaonkar

In this two-year-anniversary edition of Factors in Focus, we reflect on the historical relationships between factor returns and macro cycles, which have provided useful information for investors looking to take an active stance on factor exposures based on their outlook.

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The Doctor Is Making House Calls: Capturing Exposure to Telehealth

Dec 16, 2020 Manuel Rueda, Gaurav Trivedi

Telehealth has the potential to reduce inequalities in access to care as well as relieve strain on health systems. We tested an approach that combines natural-language processing and MSCI ESG Ratings screens.

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2021 ESG Trends to Watch

Dec 7, 2020 LEE Linda-Eling, EASTMAN Meggin Thwing, KLUG PHILIPP Arne

Climate. ESG bubbles. Disclosure. Social inequality. Biodiversity. The topics don’t get much bigger — or more systemic. Here’s our analysis of the five ESG trends that will matter most to companies and their investors in 2021.

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Investor Reaction to US Elections and COVID-Vaccine Progress

Nov 18, 2020 Dimitris Melas, David Lunsford, Andy Sparks

To gauge investor expectations after Joe Biden was declared winner of the U.S. election and good news broke about COVID vaccines, we surveyed 151 U.S.-based financial advisers. We examine the advisers’ views on the next 12 months and markets’ reaction since Election Day.

The FaCS report

The FaCS report

The FaCS report allows investors to understand what is driving their investments and help them build better portfolios. In this report, we help investors compare point in time and historical factor exposures (10+ years) of 8,000+ Stocks, 11,000+ Mutual Funds and 1,500+ ETFs 
 

MSCI FaCS

MSCI FaCS

Introducing a common language for factors that aims to increase transparency and investors’ understanding of equity portfolios.

Factor investing webinar series

Factor investing webinar series

Factor investing continues to evolve. Our quarterly webinar series keeps you up-to-date on our latest research about the elements of performance.