Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets

Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM

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Biography

Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, is a director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, where he focuses on corporate governance issues. He was named one of the 2008 “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.

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Short-Termism Revisited

CFA Institute takes a new look at short-termism in the report Short-Termism Revisited: Improvements Made and Challenges in Investing for the Long-Term. The numbers don’t lie.

The complaint that financial markets are too… READ MORE ›

CFA Institute Weighs in on Including Climate Change Analysis in the Investment Process

The CFA Institute report, Climate Change Analysis in the Investment Process, focuses on the physical and transition risks climate change is projected to create; explains to investors carbon markets; and reviews the resources available for investors looking for the best climate change integration tools.

ESG Q&A: The role of financial regulators in treating climate change as a systemic risk

One of the most important issues surrounding climate change for financial professionals is the policy response regulators and policymakers make around such issues as climate change data transparency and quality.

Will Revisiting SEC’s Names Rule Clear Up ESG Fund Name Confusion?

Firms use fund names to both market themselves and to inform investors. Fund names are always important, but in the case of the current challenges with funds that advertise themselves as ESG or sustainable funds, disclosures beyond the fund name would be especially helpful.

How are experienced practitioners applying ESG integration?

lthough different definitions for materiality apply, the consensus among investors is that a material ESG issue is a fundamental value driver of a company or security that affects the income statement, balance sheet, and cash-flow statement positively or negatively.

Asset Owners Experience Shortage of ESG Products Meeting Expectation

Clients have the power to drive ESG integration forward as practitioners listen to them.

Are investment horizons preventing integration of ESG factors?

Workshop participants believe that ESG factors can materialize through a series of short-term, incremental upticks or downticks that individually impact short-term and long-term investment return.

ESG Analysis: Is judgment more important than data?

Investors and analysts have been investing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data from data providers and also developing the skills of their in-house teams to better understand ESG issues.

Four Areas of Misunderstanding Around ESG Integration

Many people perceive that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration means sacrificing performance because they believe that ESG integration is the same as screening out companies and sectors from their investment universe.

Are ESG factors relevant only for investors with long-term investment horizons?

Some workshop participants suggested that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors comes into play when the investment horizon is a minimum of five years, making them material only to long-term investors.

Is the Proxy Advisory Industry in Danger?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) appears set to unveil new oversight for firms that advise investors on voting their shares in public companies.

ESG Integration in Asia Pacific: Markets, Practices, and Data

CFA Institute and the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) have released the final report (in a series of four) concerning the current state of global ESG integration.

Equities versus fixed income: How ESG factors affect both asset classes

The content in this blog is based on a CFA-PRI survey of 1,100 financial professionals, mainly CFA members, from around the world, as well as workshops in 17 markets, as part of a best-practice report.

Candidates With Both ESG Knowledge and Investment Experience Are Key to Furthering ESG Integration

It’s no secret that although the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) job market has skyrocketed, investment firms and sell-side research providers have found it hard to recruit professionals with both ESG knowledge and investment experience. ESG teams often… READ MORE ›

ESG Integration in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: Markets, Practices, and Data

CFA Institute and the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) have released the third in a series of four reports addressing the current state of global environmental, social, and governance