As ESG investing faces headwinds, MSCI’s CEO says ESG ‘most popular’ topic for clients

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Henry Fernandez, chairman and CEO of index and analytics provider MSCI, just completed a six-month road trip through Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe and the US—and all clients wanted to talk about was ESG.

“ESG risks and opportunities are investment risks and opportunities,” as more investors worldwide realize that ESG—despite being a contentious topic in political circles—represents just another form of “fundamental analysis of securities,” Fernandez told investors on MSCI’s Q2 earnings

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