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US giant unveils factor-based global ESG strategy

US giant unveils factor-based global ESG strategy

AllianceBernstein (AB) has launched a new strategy set to focus on ESG companies across both developed and emerging markets, the company has announced.

The Responsible Global Factor Strategy has been launched to meet growing demand for solutions emphasising investment in companies with extremely strong environmental, social and governance standards (ESG).

The strategy aims to create greater opportunity owing to lower valuations and will exclude certain industries. It will pro-actively focus on companies with the most attractive financial characteristics given the current markets.

The strategy will be managed by Citywire + rated Vadim Zlotnikov and Yun Chen, who currently run the AB SICAV I-Global Factor Portfolio.

The duo will run the strategy by combining MSCI ESG methodology with AB’s equity factor capabilities. 

Commenting on the launch, Sasha Bogoevski, managing director of the multi-asset solutions team at AB said: ‘We are seeing more and more demand from institutional investors wanting to combine smart beta strategies with the highest quality ESG characteristics, in a very cost-effective manner.’

‘We believe a dynamic allocation across factors allows for a more rewarding outcome from companies with the highest ESG quality globally. The focus towards proven financial characteristics plus in-bedding risk management within the capital allocation process should improve resilience.’

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