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Research and White Paper

In the first half of 2020, as the COVID-19 crisis affected financial markets, all standard MSCI ACWI ESG equity indexes outperformed their market-capitalization benchmarks. Where has this outperformance come from? Have inflows into ESG investments driven up equity valuations, possibly creating a price bubble? We used the MSCI GEMLTESG factor model to get a better understanding of performance. The findings provide an economic rationale for categorizing ESG as a fundamental factor that typically derives returns from long-term earnings growth.

CATEGORIES: Governance Social Asset Classes: Equity Asset Classes: Real Estate Investment Style: ESG