BlackRock looks to predictive ESG data, rather than point-in-time

Mary-Catherine Lader says that the asset manager is building out new modeling tools to help users better understand how the decisions a company makes today can affect their performance in the future.

As the idea of incorporating environmental, social, and governance principles into the investment process is growing, it’s being documented that this trend is not simply a fad—while academics debate the full relationship between ESG factors and asset returns, there’s plenty of research that shows that ethical investing does indeed yield positive returns. Still, as more buy-side firms have looked to slice off their own piece of the ESG pie, they’ve hit barriers when it comes to finding tradable

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