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The last straw: Will plastic become the next stranded asset?

The last straw: Will plastic become the next stranded asset?

Blog post:Oil and gas companies are accelerating investment in plastics, in response to the shift away from fossil fuels. But is this pivot sustainable? Could plastic become the next stranded asset?

More than a feeling: Quantifying consumer sentiment

More than a feeling: Quantifying consumer sentiment

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

Which factors outperformed in the second quarter?

Which factors outperformed in the second quarter?

Blog post - We review factor performance over the second quarter, provide the perspective of a long-term view and look to indications from our adaptive multi-factor model heading into Q3.

Liquidity risk under stress: Beyond bid-ask spreads

Liquidity risk under stress: Beyond bid-ask spreads

Risk managers remain focused on liquidity risk, as the 2008 financial crisis showed how liquidity can deteriorate quickly. But could investors underestimate their risk by looking solely at changes in bid-ask spreads and overlooking market impact?

The rise of fundamental factors in China A shares

The rise of fundamental factors in China A shares

Blog post - Commonly held perceptions, historically higher volatility and shorter, sharper bull-bear cycles relative to developed and other emerging markets have led many to believe that fundamental factor strategies may not work in the Chinese equity markets. Our research suggests this may be changing.

The growth-factor premium: Seeking a systematic approach for capturing it

The growth-factor premium: Seeking a systematic approach for capturing it

Research paper - While used extensively by active managers as part of their security-selection decisions, the growth factor has been largely left out of the factor-index investing landscape, at least in its simplest form. This paper explores why and offers a way to capture this factor with a systematic, rules-based approach..

Peering into peer selection: Quantifying company similarity

Peering into peer selection: Quantifying company similarity

Research paper - Peer selection plays a central role in many aspects of finance. Can we measure relationships between companies from a systematic analysis of data, including fundamentals, news and the text in company filings? And, can we use this information to better understand company relationships and the risks they may bring?

Factor investing in Saudi Arabia: Size matters

Factor investing in Saudi Arabia: Size matters

Blog post - Foreign interest in Saudi Arabia has increased following the easing of foreign-ownership limits and other enhancements to improve market access. As more investors gain experience in this market, we looked at strategies that may have benefited those employing a factor-based approach.

What has affected minimum volatility index performance?

What has affected minimum volatility index performance?

Blog Post - Market volatility and interest rates uncertainty was the story of 2018. How did minimum volatility indexes behave in environments dominated by these two opposing forces? We compare how the interest-rate environment and market and macro-economic conditions, respectively, have affected min. vol. performance. Which had the greater influence?

Elements of performance: Factors by MSCI

Elements of performance: Factors by MSCI

Factors are portfolio building blocks capable of turning data points into actionable insights. While the depth of data seems complex, putting Factors by MSCI to work for you couldn’t be any simpler.

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.