Kelly Tang

Director
Global Research & Design
Biography

Kelly Tang is Director, Global Research & Design, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Kelly is responsible for conceptualization, research, and design covering global strategy across different asset classes. Kelly publishes research papers related to capital markets and investment concepts geared for both retail and institutional channels.

Prior to joining S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2015, Kelly was a senior economics analyst at Bessemer Investment Management, reporting directly to the Chief Investment Officer. In addition to her work analyzing economic data trends and publishing reports for Bessemer’s client account managers, she also specialized as a commodities analyst for the firm’s Real Return Commodities Fund and a mid-cap financials analyst. Prior to Bessemer, Kelly worked on the sell-side at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. covering brokerage stocks and in Goldman Sachs Asset Management investment management services division.

Kelly serves as Adjunct Professor at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses on portfolio management, Kelly teaches “Cases in Investor Relations,” a graduate course she designed. Kelly is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), and the CFA Institute. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.

Author Archives: Kelly Tang

Reweighting ESG: Does Changing the Component Weighting Matter?

In a prior blog series,[1] we explored the relationship between environmental (E), social (S), and governance (G) scores and future stock performance. In all three cases, the results showed that top quintile portfolios outperformed the bottom quintile portfolios. However, a deeper analysis revealed that the spread between Q1 and Q5 portfolios was the highest for Read more […]

Exploring the G in ESG: E & S and Performance – Part 3

In a previous blog, we explored the relationship between corporate governance and stock performance. The results show a wide variance between the top quintile and the bottom quintile, particularly over a long-term horizon (17 years). We applied the same analysis to the RobecoSAM environment (E) and social (S) scores. To do so, we formed hypothetical, Read more […]

Exploring the G in ESG: The Relationship Between Good Corporate Governance and Stock Performance – Part 2

Year-to-date, Facebook (FB) was down 7.13% as of April 12, 2018, compared to its 53% total return in 2017. What started as a data breach issue has expanded to encompass management structure, procedures, and safeguard concerns—issues that are all related to corporate governance. Market participants have a tendency to only care about corporate governance when Read more […]

Carbon Risk Integration: Interaction Between Carbon Risk and Traditional Risk Factors

The discussions on the merits of carbon awareness investing are evolving, and in a previous blog, we discussed how investors are interested in progressing from the current data-driven carbon emission framework to a risk-analysis-driven, two-degree pathway paradigm. The shift has been largely spurred by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and recommendations from its Task Force Read more […]

Exploring the G in ESG: Governance in Greater Detail – Part I

There is increasing evidence of the link between ESG and financial outperformance as better data quality, standardized data, longer data history, and heightened interest in assessing the materiality of ESG drives continued research. However, there is already substantial empirical evidence to suggest that the “G” aspect of ESG ultimately yields better corporate returns. Governance data, Read more […]

Carbon Emissions History of the S&P 500® and its Sectors

Every year, Trucost and GreenBiz Group release their annual State of Green Business report, which gives an overview on the state of the sustainability movement and reviews 30 key indicators assessing corporate sustainability performance. As noted by Richard Mattison, CEO of Trucost, in a blog from earlier this month, the carbon emissions of the largest Read more […]

From Crude to Refined: Evolution of Fossil Fuel Free Investing and the 2 Degree Alignment Pathway (Part II)

The discussions on the merits of carbon awareness investing are evolving and highlighting a desire to shift from the current data-driven carbon emission framework to a more sophisticated and risk analysis-driven, 2 degree pathway paradigm. The shift has been spurred largely by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and recommendations from its Task Force on Climate-related Read more […]

From Crude to Refined: Evolution of Fossil Fuel Free Investing and the 2 Degree Pathway (Part I)

The discussions on the merits of carbon awareness investing are evolving and are highlighting a shift from the current data-driven carbon emission framework to a desire to move to a more sophisticated and analysis-driven carbon risk paradigm. Prior discussions would typically cover the scientific arguments regarding climate change and whether existing scientific evidence supported investor Read more […]

Carbon Exposure of the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index

Understanding the carbon exposure of smart beta strategies is important for market participants who are already implementing factor strategies and wish to incorporate carbon risk into the investment process. In a previous blog, our analysis showed that factors such as low volatility and value may be predisposed to higher carbon emissions because of their sector Read more […]

Sustainability Landscape in Brazil

At the annual ABRAPP (Associação Brasileira das Entidades Fechadas de Previdência Complementar, the organization representing pension fund managers in Brazil) conference, sustainability was one of the headline topics.  The conference allowed for in-depth discussions with Brazilian institutional investors, regulators, officials from B3 (formerly known as Bovespa and now the largest exchange in Latin America), trade Read more […]