Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing
with Michael Hasenstab, Ph.D.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are being recognized in fixed income investing as value-added indicators of potential economic performance. In this edition of Global Macro Shifts, Templeton Global Macro outlines how it integrates ESG factors into its research process. The team has developed a proprietary ESG scoring system called the Templeton Global Macro ESG Index (TGM-ESGI), to assess current and projected ESG conditions in various countries, and to facilitate macroeconomic country comparisons around the world.
ESG Factors in Fixed Income Investing
Dr. Michael Hasenstab discusses how ESG factors have always been a critical prong of Templeton Global Macro's research process, while Vivian Guo outlines why the team's ESG analysis differs from the rest.
TGM-ESGI Case Studies: A Tale of Two Countries
Dr. Michael Hasenstab highlights why Argentina stands out among the countries ranked by the TGM-ESGI, while Vivian Guo discusses the dire situation in Venezuela.
Global Macro Shifts: ESG Considerations within Our Outlook
Dr. Michael Hasenstab offers insights into how his team's rigorous approach to ESG is embedded within his current global economic outlook.
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