In this quarter’s commentary, we consider how investor risk perception at any point in time may not be a good reflection of reality at either the market or individual stock level. In particular, we’ll take a closer look at how sustainability risks can lie hidden in the background.
Volatility has returned, and we expect it to have continuing significance as we look out at 2019. In this environment, long-term investors who comprehensively assess risk, ESG factors and valuation have the potential to identify attractive opportunities at the asset class and security level.
In this article, Pax analyzes the effect ESG factors have on non-U.S. developed markets risk and returns. Performance attribution of the Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund shows that companies with strong ESG profiles positively contributed to performance.
Think of sustainability analysis the same way you think of financial analysis. Different approaches to the same multifaceted problem are a source of innovation, a way that smart and insightful people can distinguish their work.