Applying ESG analysis to corporate bonds
ESG investing started as an equity specialism and much of the data and analysis used today is still centred in equities. Some investment firms use these tools and ‘read across’ from equities to credit. While their claims about multi-asset sustainable investing appear reasonable at a high level, they quickly unwind for two reasons.
Martin Foden, Head of Credit Research, explains why he thinks ESG and credit analysis must be integrated when seeking to achieve superior investment returns.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. The value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The views expressed are the author’s own and do not constitute investment advice.