The Morgan Stanley IQ application gives wealth management clients new customizable insights into the social and environmental impact of their investment portfolios.
Today, Morgan Stanley launched a new sustainable investing analytics and reporting application called Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient™ (Morgan Stanley IQ), designed to assist clients in further integrating social and environmental objectives into their investments. By providing customized insights into current investment holdings, the new tool allows clients to consider a third dimension in their investment portfolios: sustainability and impact goals.
Adding to the growing arsenal of tools and platforms aimed at helping investors support companies that align with their values — including recent additions by companies such as Swell, Cooperative Capital and John Hancock — Morgan Stanley IQ puts clients’ sustainability preferences at the center of the analysis in order to deliver highly personalized portfolio reporting.
“Morgan Stanley remains at the forefront of sustainable investing, offering innovative opportunities for our clients that further integrate sustainability into investment decisions”, said Tom Nides, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley. “Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient is a differentiated approach to sustainability analytics and reporting, and will be a powerful tool for our clients.”
Morgan Stanley IQ provides clients with a comprehensive framework to identify and prioritize over 100 social and environmental impact preferences. It then harnesses the insights of multiple third-party data sources and proprietary Morgan Stanley analytics to instantly assess the alignment of investments with those preferences. The platform then equips Morgan Stanley financial advisors with suggestions for investment solutions that may better align clients’ portfolios over time with the impact preferences that matter most to them.
“Sustainable investing broadly, including our Investing with Impact Platform, is a key focus for us,” said Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. “Increasingly, our clients and financial advisors are looking for data-driven insights to inform their investment decisions. Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient will be an important part of this effort given the customized analytics that allow clients to better understand what they own and to measure how well their current and future investment selections align with their own personal or institutional values.”
Morgan Stanley IQ can analyze and report alignment with and exposure to clients’ unique sustainability and impact preferences — as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals — at the portfolio, investment strategy and security levels.
“Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient is the latest achievement stemming from our Global Sustainable Finance group’s decade-plus commitment to sustainable investing innovation,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Audrey Choi. “The core components of Morgan Stanley IQ have created a very strong, client-centric foundation to provide highly customized reporting, as well as the functionality to empower Morgan Stanley financial advisors to potentially suggest alternative investment opportunities that might better align with clients’ unique sustainability preferences.”