Optimal ESG Portfolios: An Example for the Dow Jones Index

11 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2020 Last revised: 18 May 2020

See all articles by Anatoly B. Schmidt

Anatoly B. Schmidt

Financial Risk and Engineering, NYU School of Engineering

Date Written: May 15, 2020

Abstract

Mean variance portfolio theory is expanded to accommodate investors’ preferences for the portfolio ESG value (PESGV). Namely, PESGV is added to the minimizing objective function so that portfolio weights are simultaneously optimized in terms of returns, risk (volatility), and PESGV. PESGV is assumed proportional to the sum of portfolio constituents’ weighted ESG scores and is controlled by the ESG strength parameter γ. A new ESG portfolio performance measure, the ESG tilted Sharpe ratio, is introduced. Its maximum can be used for determining γ. A portfolio formed with 29 constituents of the Dow Jones Index in 2015 – 2019 is considered as an example. The MSCI ESG ratings are chosen for estimating PESGV. It is found that higher PESGVs yield more concentrated portfolios and lower Sharpe ratios. Partial correlations based portfolios are more diversified and have higher PESGVs than the Pearson’s correlations based portfolios.

Keywords: portfolio choice, mean variance theory, ESG, Dow Jones Index

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G24, G4, M14, Q01, Q5

Suggested Citation

Schmidt, Anatoly B., Optimal ESG Portfolios: An Example for the Dow Jones Index (May 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3548070 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3548070

Anatoly B. Schmidt (Contact Author)

Financial Risk and Engineering, NYU School of Engineering ( email )

NY
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
64
Abstract Views
376
rank
383,123
PlumX Metrics