In its annual Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards, Investment Week has named S&P Global Ratings as a finalist in two of its hotly-contested 2020 categories.
The first is for “Best Thought Leadership Paper” for its report entitled “Space, The Next Frontier: Spatial Finance And Environmental Sustainability” authored by S&P Global Ratings’ Beth Burks, in which she explores the use of satellite imagery and machine learning to identify shifting climate risk patterns and the potential effects on creditworthiness of US public water utilities.
The credit ratings agency’s Sustainable Finance team is also in the running for Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider, following a year of extensive work developing its suite of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) offerings and timely, essential research throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners will be announced on 26th November 2020.
With leaders due to meet in Brussels on Friday 17th July to discuss the latest proposal for the EU’s post-COVID recovery plan and new long-term budget, the region has the potential to become the main liquidity provider for a green safe asset, according to a report published by S&P Global Ratings.
If the EU carries out a proposal to finance 30% (€225 billion) of its planned €750 billion recovery fund through green bond issuance, it could become also become largest supranational liquidity provider for a green safe asset. A larger pool of green assets would also assist policymakers and central banks achieve their aim of greening the financial system and likely reinforce the international role of the euro as a green currency.
“EU green bond issuance on such a large scale would help respond to a fast-growing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investor base and increase the size of the global green bond market by around 89% compared with total issuance in 2019,” said Marion Amiot, Senior Economist, S&P Global Ratings, and author of the report.
Across the globe, political uncertainty is increasingly becoming the rule rather than the exception. Meanwhile, trade tensions continue to define relationships between major players – such as China the U.S. and Europe. Both factors may induce caution among infrastructure investors.
Writing for Institutional Investing in Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings’ Karl Nietvelt, Head of Research in Global Infrastructure, agrees that geopolitical events are influencing the market.
Indeed, infrastructure is “an asset class with typically lengthy lifespans that, therefore, beneﬁts from political and regulatory calm,” according to Nietvelt. Yet today’s uncertain political climate, underpinned by elections in 2019, could dampen market confidence.
Another influential trend is the rising impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns throughout the infrastructure sector. Organisations prioritising these issues “have achieved reduced costs, mitigated risk potential, and created revenue-generating opportunities,” continues Nietvelt.
Read the full article in Institutional Investing in Infrastructure here.
According to S&P Global Ratings, the development of the EU’s proposed green finance taxonomy is one of the most important developments in the world of sustainable finance in recent years.
However, as with any major change, questions surrounding the implications for the capital markets abound. In an article for Responsible Investor, Michael Wilkins, Global Head of Analytics and Research, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, considers the “pain points” that the taxonomy will have to overcome if it is to be successfully implemented and effectively drive capital towards sustainable objectives.
Namely, according to Wilkins, defining what can and cannot be defined as a sustainable economic activity should be the main focus of the taxonomy’s development, if it hopes to effectively engage the broader market.
Writing in Forbes Spain, Natixis’ Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB), Marc Vincent, discusses M&A trends in Europe.
Marc notes that total deal value in 2018 is up almost 65% on 2010 but remains 40% below the 2007 figure. Nonetheless, the recovery in activity has still been significant, driven by tailwinds at both macro and industry levels.
Read the full article on p.108 of Forbes Spain’s March edition.
In an interview with Airfinance Journal, Gareth John, Natixis’ Managing Director and Global Head of Aviation, says the bank is looking to become more of a “strategic partner” and less of a “transactional lender” to its clients.
In addition to covering Natixis’ own strategy within the industry, Gareth discusses transaction trends and outlook on the market. He foresees a gradual decline in the health of the industry over the next 12 to 18 months, but says this is more of a correction than a downturn.
To read the full article, please click here (please note the paywall)
S&P Global Ratings has published its inaugural edition of U.S Corporate Insights – answering the questions on investors’ mind regarding the latest corporate credit trends, such as: how are looming trade wars and higher debt levels affecting appetite? And, as we near the latter stages of the credit cycle, is the current state of play one of peak, plateau, or peril?
The edition also provides sector views from S&P Global Ratings analysts on oil and gas, autos, real estate, and media and telecoms.
Speaking with The Banker, Jean-François Robin, Natixis Head of Global Market Research, explained that it is too early to talk about recession expectations within the yield curve. He says that “the main reason why the curve is flattening and yields are going up is because the Fed is normalising its monetary policy”.
In turn, debate is ongoing as to how rates will move next. Robin notes that “we have a real market between people who think rates will keep going higher and those thinking now is a good time to make a play on declining yields”.
To read the article in full, please click here (please note the paywall).
Thanks in no small part to Chinese investment, things may be looking up for Pakistan’s economy. The feature from Alexander Mondorf, Regional Head Indian Subcontinent & ASEAN and Country Relationship Manager, Financial Institutions at Commerzbank, outlines the importance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Compliance costs in emerging markets are rising, as are fears of protectionism in developed markets. But Michael Duval, Chief Business Officer at Bank Leumi (UK), notes that Israel provides importers and exporters with sustained opportunities in an article for The Global Treasurer.