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  • ESG scores and beyond (part 1:3) - Factor control - isolating specific biases in ESG ratings

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    ESG scores and beyond (part 1/3) - Factor control: isolating specific biases in ESG ratings

    2020-07-08T09:24:00Z

    Following years of research and debates on ESG analysis, there is still only an emerging consensus as to its benefit, and also no internationally ratified formal agreement that would stipulate what indicators should be required information for performance assessment and wider impacts evaluation.

  • Passive managers actively involved in transition to the green economy

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    Passive managers actively involved in transition to the green economy

    2020-07-03T08:03:00Z

    Growth in ESG benchmarks are putting issuers’ sustainability performance in the spotlight and changing the notion that passive investment managers are always ‘forced buyers’

  • Real Estate and defined contribution plans

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    Real Estate and defined contribution plans

    2020-06-30T09:31:00Z

    While exposure to the real estate asset class is common in defined benefit (DB) plans, this has only become a more recent occurrence in defined contribution (DC) plans. Many target date funds (TDFs) have now started to provide exposure to real estate through stock exchange listed real estate investment trusts (REITs), though some also allocate to “direct” or “private” real estate. Considering that TDFs are commonplace in DC plans, and the majority of net cash flows are directed to them, the wider use of real estate allocations within them brings the need to better understand this asset class.

  • FTSE Russell study on EU Paris-aligned benchmarks

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    FTSE Russell study on EU Paris-aligned benchmarks

    2020-06-30T09:12:00Z

    Climate transition benchmarks have become a focal point for investors looking to integrate climate risks into their portfolios and align them with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement (or “Paris-aligned” benchmarks). This has fueled an active interest among investor groups and regulators to identify criteria that can be used to define such benchmarks. Accordingly, the EU tasked the Technical Expert Group (TEG) to develop recommendations for minimum benchmark requirements that are aligned with the Paris Agreement objectives and address the risk of greenwashing. 

  • Impact of COVID-19 on USD corporate bond liquidity

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    Impact of COVID-19 on USD corporate bond liquidity

    2020-06-30T08:32:00Z

    The COVID-19 crisis has impacted asset valuations, increased volatility and led to reduced liquidity in many cases. Most asset classes have been affected, and governments have stepped in to support financial operations. In this paper, FTSE Russell examines the effects of the crisis on the year-to-date liquidity of USD corporate bonds, as measured by the price liquidity ratio.

  • Targeted sustainability

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    Targeted Sustainability

    2020-06-30T08:23:00Z

    More than ever, investors recognize the risks and opportunities associated with the low carbon transition and are incorporating a wider set of considerations, including carbon, green revenues and environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessments issues into their decision making.

  • Trouble at home? COVID-19 challenges the US housing market

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    Trouble at home? COVID-19 challenges the US housing market

    2020-06-12T11:14:00Z

    Despite the appearance of some normalization in the US housing market, a close examination suggests a number of COVID-19 related structural challenges.

  • The first 100 days - CMBS after COVID-19

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    Blog | The first 100 days: CMBS after COVID-19

    2020-06-11T11:10:00Z

    As the COVID-19 pandemic began roiling US markets in March, few areas were hit harder or more swiftly than the commercial real estate (CRE) and CMBS markets. At the end of March, we published research demonstrating an already profound hit to several real estate sectors. Looking ahead, the length and depth of the economic downturn is still uncertain, and prospects for some real estate sectors remain dim. However, more recent data points to a steady recovery in other US real estate sectors.

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report

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    FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report

    2020-06-11T08:54:00Z

    Foreign ownership of RMB-denominated Chinese government bonds rose to a record high in March as interest rates slipped in some markets; and as the global economy slumped due to the coronavirus crisis.

  • Blog | Rallying markets pivot to riskier factors in May

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    Blog | Rallying markets pivot to riskier factors in May

    2020-06-05T14:11:00Z

    Growing optimism fuels a strong rotation into riskier Size and Value factors in May, denting enthusiasm for defensive Low Vol and Quality.

  • Would you credit it? Canadian high yield and the investment-grade credit anomaly

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    Blog | Would you credit it? Canadian high yield and the investment-grade credit anomaly

    2020-06-05T14:04:00Z

    Risk rally and QE have driven in short-dated Canadian investment grade spreads relative to 7-10 yrs….

  • Post-lockdown optimism propels Russell 2000 outperformance

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    Post-lockdown optimism propels Russell 2000 outperformance

    2020-06-04T14:18:00Z

    US small caps have been the biggest beneficiaries of the global risk-on rally as economies begin to reopen.