Funds use artificial intelligence to weigh ethical investing

Quants explore links between ESG investment and outperformance

Robot ethics

Establishing a link between corporate responsibility and financial outperformance has long been a priority of the sustainable investment industry. Now, quant funds are using artificial intelligence tools to excavate patterns in data in their search for evidence of correlation.

So far, a definitive answer is proving elusive.

Smart beta firm Ossiam, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, recently launched an exchange-traded fund based on a machine learning algorithm using approximately 600

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