Track controversial events that may impact the performance and reputation of 7 Million public and private companies.
Research shows that excluding high-controversy stocks and bonds
boosts returns and reduces risk, but negative news is hard to detect at scale.
RavenPack Controversy Scores help discretionary and quantitative investors
inform their decisions with daily streamlined reports of controversial events.
Scores are powered by a transparent framework that processes news systematically for consistent information handling and
predictability. They are delivered contextually, with clear categories defined in a proprietary taxonomy
of 171 ESG controversy event categories including:
These scores can help quantitative and discretionary investors:
Leverage early warning of controversies to mitigate risk and construct more robust portfolios.
Research has identified benefits of including a controversy factor in sector rotation and other playbooks.
Controversy scores are delivered daily, and each week
we publish the list of companies that have seen the largest change in score.
Controversy scores are the outcome of a multi-step process including:
RavenPack analyzes textual content from high-quality sources to identify events that match any of the targeted categories. Documents considered include English and non-English news in 13 languages, and social sources.
Additional filters ensure the data remains focused on contemporary observations. The exact process is fully documented.
Controversy scores are then produced for each detected company. The score itself is on a positive, open-ended scale that quantifies the magnitude of a controversy along with its relevance in the media. It is influenced by the volume of news behind a controversy, the number of languages where it is picked up, the same for number of sources, its novelty, and whether the controversy is able to carry a headline. The signal also applies a decay to aging controversy reports.
Controversy Scores are gathered in daily files that detail all the companies for which controversies have been detected on a given universe.
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