Impact of COVID-19: Exploring Factors and ESG Equity and Fixed Income Resilience

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Hitendra Varsani, Factor and Fixed Income research, Exec Director; Guido Giese, ESG Equity research, Exec Director, MSCI

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Defensive Factor, ESG and Climate indexes in equities and fixed income have outperformed their respective parent indexes in the recent sell-off. The COVID-19 crisis is not a financial crisis, but could potentially impact all industries due to simultaneous supply and demand shocks, particularly those issuers that have lower credit quality, are more leveraged and have lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics. IPE and MSCI invite you to a webinar to examine some of drivers of the outperformance, equities, fixed income and derivatives trends and what are the wider implications if the crisis persists. The webinar aims to answer the following questions: • What is the impact of the coronavirus? Why are Factor, ESG and climate characteristics showing resilience? • What is the interplay between Factors, ESG and Climate characteristics? • Are there differences between fixed income and equities strategies? • Are there regional differences? (Europe, N America, APAC) • ESG and multi-country multi-currency derivatives: What is the current market landscape, what are the dynamics and flows? What are the implications? • How can investors apply these insights into their investment processes?   Speakers include: • Hitendra Varsani, Factor and Fixed Income research, Executive Director, MSCI • Guido Giese, ESG Equity research, Executive Director, MSCI Moderator: IPE’s Brendan Maton Further reading Blog: MSCI ESG Indexes during the coronavirus crisis The COVID-19 outbreak is the first real-world test since the 2008 global financial crisis of the resilience of companies with high MSCI ESG Ratings. This latest blog by MSCI summarizes the performance of four global MSCI ESG indexes to their parent indexes during the COVID-19 sell-off. (https://www.msci.com/www/blog-posts/msci-esg-indexes-during-the/01781235361)

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