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DEI and ESG in manager ratings: Clarke’s legacy

Mercer will incorporate DEI considerations into its manager research the same way it pioneered the incorporation of ESG factors in its manager ratings process back in 2012. The integration of DEI is a parting gift from long-term global head of investment research, Deb Clarke, who retired yesterday. Amanda White spoke to her about her legacy and the investment industry’s unfinished business.
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Honey, I shrunk the ESG alpha

Research conducted by Scientific Beta looks at the performance of ESG strategies and asks whether non-financial information in ESG scores offers additional performance benefits. The research finds that the effect of risk adjusting the performance of ESG strategies shrinks the apparent alpha to a level where none of the strategies delivers positive alpha.
Sustainability Digital 2021

Bridgewater on the impact revolution

Integrating impact alongside risk and return is a revolution that will see more diversification among investor allocations to asset classes such as commodities. Elsewhere, it requires using multiple data sets to analyse stocks and sovereign bond allocations to see the real-world impact of a company’s product or services, and which governments are heading to net-zero. Bridgewater’s head of investment research Karen Karniol-Tambour explains.
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