The ongoing war in Ukraine, rising interest rates, and market volatility are prompting investors to seek thematic investments focused on long term trends. Nowhere is this more evident than in the push toward cleaner energy, and with it, a boom in demand for ESG research.

“Certainly, the approach we have taken here is to make ESG part of the fundamental analyst work as opposed to creating a distinct Canadian ESG research platform,” said Andre-Philippe Hardy, head of Canadian research at RBC Capital Markets.

For the fourth straight year, RBC secured the No. 1 spot on the annual All-Canada Research Team, a ranking of the country’s top equity research firms. The bank has held on to its prime position since the list’s inception in 2019. The firm was followed by BMO Capital Markets, which remained at No. 2, while BofA Securities came in at No. 3, rising two spots from last year. JPMorgan Chase & Co. had the biggest leap, rising three spots to No. 4. 

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