Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading active asset managers, announced today the appointment of Matt Christensen as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing. In this role, he will accelerate the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; lead the continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and support the development of new SRI products.
AllianzGI Systematic Team’s Engin Kose recently co-authored an article - “What is Quality?” - for the Financial Analysts Journal, published by the CFA Institute.
The research paper aims to analyse what defines quality in equity investing, exploring which metrics best identify ways to measure the concept. Engin’s views were complemented by those of co-author peers from Rayliant Global Advisors and Research Affiliates Global Advisors.
The key findings were:
Unlike other factors such as value, momentum, and size, quality lacks a commonly accepted definition
The best metrics to measure quality include profitability, accounting quality, payout/dilution, and investment
Profitability and investment-related characteristics tend to capture most of the quality-related alpha potential
The paper reflects the Systematic Team’s ongoing search to identify ways of innovating to enhance their behavioral finance-focused investment process.
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