ESG integration, sustainability, and impact investing…While there may be overlap in the meanings of these terms, they each represent a distinct approach to “doing well while doing good” in investor portfolios.
There is no denying the impact of climate change — and associated regulatory realities — on the business of investment management. For portfolio managers, it is essential to understand how to successfully adapt and prepare for what some call the “mother of all correlated risks”. Here we expose — in three parts — what portfolio managers need to know when switching to a fully Paris Aligned Benchmark (PAB) portfolio from a current market-cap weighted (CWB) portfolio.
Ahead of the Qontigo Summit, Olivier d’Assier analyzes the cost of adapting a portfolio to meet global warming targets using a STOXX Paris-Aligned Benchmark index. The results show that an early but gradual transition can dramatically reduce the market impact and transaction costs.
The STOXX® Europe 600 Paris-Aligned Benchmark Index was launched in June 2020. In backtested data since March 2018, we find that the strategy has offered a higher return and lower volatility versus its benchmark. This paper drills down into some of the factors driving those results.