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Webcast: Does ESG always equal weaker returns?

Sep 29, 2015

Over the past several years, many institutional investors have shown a growing interest in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria, while others remain concerned that the inclusion of these factors in their investment process comes at the expense of weaker risk-adjusted returns.

In this month's Emerging Ideas webcast, Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Research with MSCI and Zoltan Nagy, Equity Research with MSCI analyze the stock returns of two strategies to discover that this performance trade-off is not inevitable. Both the ESG Tilt strategy, which overweights stocks with higher ESG ratings, and ESG Momentum strategy, which overweights stocks that have improved their ESG rating over recent time periods, are found to have outperformed the global benchmark over the past eight years.

Watch the full ESG webcast here.

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