19S&P Global Ratings Thought Leadership
Located in the world’s major financial hubs, S&P Global Ratings’ experienced team of analysts and economists provides timely insights and data on issues that matter to investors and other market participants. In the past year, we delivered compelling research on COVID-19 and the recovery path, alongside other forward-looking credit-related stories on the turning credit cycle, leveraged finance, the U.S.-China trade dispute, Brexit, China, fintech, cybersecurity, and sustainable finance.
Our “When the Cycle Turns” series examined the impact of the turning credit cycle on ratings, liquidity, default rates, and credit-market conditions. We also continued our “Global Trade at a Crossroads” series, which provided periodic updates on the risks and opportunities facing investors and issuers from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China.
In response, investors and other market participants demonstrated unprecedented demand for the quality, timeliness, and relevance of our thought leadership. Our Ratings website realized a triple-digit percentage increase (+146%) in visitors from prior YTD volume while direct investor outreach through Investor Councils and Roundtables tracked double digit (+80%) gains. Similarly, media interest and resulting coverage of our thought leadership saw double-digit growth (77+%) above YTD averages in the same period.
Amid growing investor interest in the sustainable financing market, S&P Global Ratings stepped up its data and analytic capabilities in the areas of climate finance and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance). We expanded our cross-practice Sustainable Finance analytical team that measures, and opines on, climate risk and ESG impact. We continued to issue new scores for our forward-looking Green Evaluation service, which aims to provide investors with a more comprehensive picture of the green impact and climate-risk attributes of assets and portfolios. We also assigned ESG Scores to our newly launched ESG Evaluation product, which assesses an issuer’s sustainability efforts. Recognizing our increasing presence and industry standards in this space, S&P Global Ratings was named the “ESG Opinion Provider of the Year” at the 2019 IFR Awards.
Broad and Deep Analytical Coverage
S&P Global Ratings’ credit ratings are opinions about credit risk; they express our view on the relative likelihood that debt issued by companies and governments will be repaid on time and in full. These ratings reflect in-depth analysis of the issuers and their debt obligations.
Data as of 12/31/2019
India includes S&P Global Ratings locations not issuing credit ratings
Source: Form NRSRO as filed on 3/25/2020
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