Beyond the ESG Portfolio: How Wall Street Can Help Democracies Survive

  • 9h 1m 49s
  • Marcos Buscaglia
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2024

How to be confident that your ESG investments serve your clients' needs—and take democracy into account

It is easy to unintentionally finance autocrats by using benchmark indices, which often include bonds and stocks of countries slipping down the democracy rankings. Despite best intentions, an investor may be investing in Russia's invasion of Ukraine or supporting a leader like Hugo Chavez without realizing it. This is the kind of situation Beyond the ESG Portfolio sheds clear light on.

In this timely book, Marcos Buscaglia, a Latin America economist, emerging markets expert, and an emerging voice on the relationship between democracy and markets, argues that the current ESG criteria has brought environmental and social standards into investment decisions, but its approach to democracy needs to be refined. You'll learn everything you need to know about the connection between Wall Street and the economic, social, and foreign policies of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Russia President Vladimir Putin, China President Xi Jinping, and a host of Latin American autocrats, and how ESG criteria has not been able to stop markets from funding their regimes.

Investors need to trust that their portfolio managers are using their money for good when they allocate funds to ESG. Beyond the ESG Portfolio shows how to make the most informed and nuanced decisions for every one of your clients.

About the Author

Marcos Buscaglia is the founder of Alberdi Partners, a consultancy dedicated to political, economic, and market analysis of Latin American countries. His clients include major American, European, and Latin American financial institutions and companies that invest and do business in the region. For five years, Marcos was the head of the Latin America economics team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - The Uneasy Relationship Between Wall Street and Democracy
  • Chapter 2 - Financing the Revolution in Venezuela
  • Chapter 3 - The City of London Is Erdoğan’s Financier
  • Chapter 4 - Liberal Funding Yields an Illiberal Democracy in Hungary
  • Chapter 5 - Russia: Financing “Putin the Great”
  • Chapter 6 - China: Financing Xi Jinping’s “New World Order”
  • Chapter 7 - The Latin American Autocrats That Weren’t
  • Chapter 8 - Is Investing in More Democratic Countries the Right Investment Decision?
  • Chapter 9 - Do ESG Metrics Account for Democracy Standards?
  • Chapter 10 - What Can Be Done to Add a D to ESG?