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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Brown Brothers Harriman unifies busy suite of AI products

It’s a new world, contend BBH’s Kevin Welch and Josh Fine. After a few years of experimentation that yielded several AI products for the bank and its clients, it was time to put the puzzle pieces together to serve a different way of working post-Covid.

Bank-backed Versana takes aim at syndicated loan tech

Born from a consortium that includes JP Morgan and Bank of America, Versana aims to bring up-to-date and permissioned data to the syndicated loan market—the first step to a more transparent and faster operating market.

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