Asset Managers Strive to Differentiate ESG Strategies

PanAgora and Manulife have incorporated alternative datasets and internal industry handbooks, respectively, into their ESG strategies.

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Asset managers are wrestling with the task of outperforming the market by using environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their investment strategies.

Mike Chen, director of equity investments at PanAgora Asset Management, believes that portfolios managers need to differentiate their ESG models to be sustainable—or run the risk of losing their jobs.

“It is just the reality of the industry, right? You can’t keep your job if you keep on under-performing your target, so our goal is

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