How to reconcile Defensiveness and Low Carbon Investing

Presented by

Eric Shirbini, Global Research and Investment Solutions Director, Scientific Beta | Brendan Maton, IPE

About this talk

Defensive equity strategies aim to protect investors during a crisis while also providing better risk-adjusted return compared to the cap-weighted index, through exposure to the Low Volatility risk factor. Scientific Beta has launched a new defensive strategy that aims to address two important drawbacks of traditional defensive offerings. • Traditional defensive solutions based on minimum volatility or low volatility strategies are unfortunately not truly defensive in periods of high market volatility, at a time when lower risk is needed most. To address this volatility risk, Scientific Beta provides a highly defensive strategy that targets a constant volatility equal to the strategy’s historical volatility by dynamically reducing the strategy’s market beta during periods of crisis when market volatility is elevated. This feature provides very strong capital protection compared to more traditional defensive strategies. • Traditional defensive strategies also suffer from high carbon exposure compared to a cap-weighted index because these strategies overweight low risk sectors such as utilities which include companies with a high carbon exposure. This high carbon exposes these types of strategies to climate risk. Scientific Beta offers its new defensive strategy with a sharp reduction in carbon exposure compared to traditional defensive strategies and cap-weighted indices without sacrificing the defensive properties of the strategy.
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