ESG-oriented stocks have led Asia & emerging markets surge

Indexes incorporating ESG criteria have contributed to a surge in Asia and emerging equity markets in recent months and, in fact, have led similar broad market indexes in 2021 year-to-date, according to new data from global index provider FTSE Russell. And, amid this surge, FTSE Russell has partnered with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to develop indexes for SGX’s derivatives based on these markets for investors.

ESG-oriented versions of the FTSE Emerging, FTSE Emerging Asia and FTSE Asia ex-Japan Indexes have outperformed their parent indexes in January-to-date, with the FTSE Emerging Asia-ESG Index returning nearly 13%. This follows a fourth quarter in which the FTSE Emerging Asia Index rose 26.5%.

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