Category: ESG

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING
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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING

For those who prefer “give it to me straight” over “beat around the bush”, we offer this opener from a recent article about misconceptions about ESG investing, published by GreenBiz:  “The market demands ESG discipline, period. Whether you view ESG as the alpha and the omega, an opportunity for capitalism to atone and course correct,

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ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED
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ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED?

ESG investing has spread across institutional asset management, expanding beyond equities to include green corporate and municipal bonds and even private markets. At a minimum, asset managers are expected to measure the E, S and G risk characteristics of their strategies and around the world the bar is being raised in terms of regulatory disclosure

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INNOVATIVE FINANCING TO BOOST CARBON REMOVAL TECH
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INNOVATIVE FINANCING TO BOOST CARBON REMOVAL TECH

Nature’s most obvious form of carbon capture – forests – are imperfect in terms of their ability to address the need. They have a limited capacity and take many years to grow. They also carry the inherent risk that fire will release the trapped carbon, destroying the carbon offset potential those trees represented.  While we

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FUTURE OF ESG DISCLOSURES
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THE FUTURE OF ESG DISCLOSURES

The Financial Times’ Pensions-Expert website recently posted an article titled, “What does the future of ESG disclosure look like?” We think it’s a good question, given the range of regulations and standards on ESG disclosures in markets around the world, but the answer is not clear. What is clear is that pension fund trustees are

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Investing In Human Rights

Last week, we reiterated our view that the investment community is uniquely positioned to effect positive change by deploying capital in companies that score well on Environmental, Social, and Governance factors. To that end, we walked through the framework of a high quality ESG dataset, courtesy of our partners at OWL Analytics (shown again below).   Today,

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Impacting Change Through Socially Responsible Investing

(This is a guest post by our partner, Omega Point, from their Factor Spotlight Series) This past week we have been both outraged and heart-broken watching protests against racial injustice unfold across the country. We stand in full solidarity with the Black community to fight systemic racism. We pledge to do our part to listen

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ESG Signals That Work

Give a baseball player signals that predict whether or not the next pitch is likely to be a curveball and there’s a good chance he will significantly improve his batting average (let’s assume there’s no cheating involved). Similarly, an active equity manager with access to signals about whether key risk factors for a stock are

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Sector Spotlight: Industrials & Healthcare
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Can ESG Data Be Predictive of Total Returns?

CAN ESG DATA BE PREDICTIVE OF TOTAL RETURNS? As Environmental, Social and Governance data grows in popularity, many investors find themselves asking the question “is ESG data material?” Or “can ESG data be predictive of total returns?”. As an ESG data provider, OWL is asked those questions almost daily. To explore the first question, “is

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ESG in Action
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Identifying ESG Performance Risk

Identifying ESG Performance Risk Incorporating sustainability/ESG into asset management may be the most far-reaching change in the investment industry since Modern Portfolio Theory. The esteemed Business Roundtable has underscored the key role of sustainability by redefining a corporation’s purpose to include serving all stakeholders because “it is the only way to be successful over the

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ESG Featured Key Issue
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Food waste = profit waste | ESG Featured Key Issue

Shockingly, over one-third of all food never makes it from farm to fork. Somewhere along the supply chain, something goes wrong, and an unthinkable portion of otherwise perfectly good food winds up in a landfill. With over two billion people living in dire poverty, it’s astounding that more hasn’t been invested in reducing this food waste.

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ESG case studies
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ESG Case Study: Top 1000 Value cap-weighted, filtered vs. unfiltered

We’ve been doing case studies with a set of methods of applying ESG to various portfolios to see how they compare to the most common index weighting factor, market cap-weighting. If you haven’t been following along, visit our Insights page and look for the Case Studies graphic to see more. Meanwhile, check out today’s third study of

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ESG Case Study: Top 1000 Value, adding a filter

Like another recent test, today’s case study simulates the Top 1000 Value Index for a head-to-head between a market cap-weighted portfolio (red line) and a portfolio both filtered and weighted by ESG score (blue line). This starting universe’s portfolio didn’t perform quite as well as another similar head-to-head, using the same factors on just the

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