ESG Leads Surge in Index Provider Profits in 2019, Finds New Study

Index providers trended up in 2019, with revenues rising 8 per cent to a record USD3.7 billion, according to new research published by Burton-Taylor International Consulting, part of TP ICAP’s Data & Analytics division.

The study, which analysed the leading index providers, found rises across all index segments, but noted that the biggest risers were ESG indices, which saw revenues soar by 31.3 per cent to USD161.5 million in 2019.

The growth seen in sustainable investing may help the index industry to keep shining in 2020, against the general pandemic-related market downturn.

“I expect the ESG Index segment to continue to grow and to be more sheltered in a general downturn,” David Tabaka said, noting that most ESG indices are still outperforming their parent indices as of April.

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