Asset Managers Chase Signals in ESG Noise

Machine learning can tell stories from large datasets to drive alpha, say quants.

Everyone wants to work for Tesla, right? Who wouldn’t be happy at a firm with a charismatic, headline-grabbing CEO who isn’t afraid to be at the bleeding edge of technology? And as a clean energy company, they must do pretty well on environmental, social and governance metrics (ESG)—factors that more and more investment firms are incorporating to drive alpha.  

Well, when quantitative investment firm PanAgora Asset management analyzed sentiment among Tesla employees, the data told a more

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