ESG like a new factor, alt managers say

Shift of capital to sustainable investing predicted to disrupt established strategies

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Limp returns might have flattened the mood among hedge funds in recent years, but at an industry conference last week environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing was providing the tonic.

“ESG is almost like a new factor,” said Riti Samanta, head of systematic fixed income strategy at investment management firm GMO, speaking at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit on February 7. The firm uses quantitative methods to incorporate ESG across its different asset classes.

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