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The added value of ESG in emerging markets equity portfolios

Bron: Article Sibrand Drijver, Investment Solutions Consultant Aegon - 11 januari 2019

In the last few decades, interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing has increased significantly. In the financial literature, research with respect to investment strategies based on ESG criteria largely focuses on developed markets. Research with a focus on emerging markets is relatively scarce. We explore the added value of ESG scores in constructing emerging markets equity portfolios. Although it is too early to say based upon the data currently available, this analysis suggests that incorporating ESG does not lower returns and may even enhance returns.

Companies publish more and more data on ESG. As well as the increased demand from investors, stricter regulations regarding investors' ESG policies play an important role. This article analyses the historical performance of a number of emerging market equity portfolios, which are formed using ESG criteria set by MSCI, one of the largest companies assigning ESG scores.

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