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Insights and Analysis
We are building new alliances with experts in the ESG, climate and sustainable finance fields, which broaden Moody’s growing platform of risk assessment capabilities.

This increased cooperation and access to ESG data and research supports our commitment to sustainable finance and enhances our thought leadership on ESG considerations. Read some of our key research pieces below.
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Research Highlights
Covid's hit to women's employment poses economic, social risks across public finance
March 31, 2021

The loss of women’s income will constrain income and consumption tax revenues for states and local governments, while denting women’s enrollment in higher education. If women have difficulty reentering the workforce, they will have more trouble paying mortgages and rent, a negative for the housing sector.

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Sovereigns - Europe: Post-pandemic labour market dynamics for women will amplify credit strenghts and challenges
March 31, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has stalled gains in female labour force participation across advanced economies, with implications for both economic and fiscal strength.

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Automakers' move to alternative fuels will hurt returns; updated forecasts show faster adoption
March 25, 2021

The pace of investment in vehicles that run on alternative fuels is accelerating as countries adopt more stringent emissions regulations and more consumers are opting to buy cleaner cars.

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Financial Institutions' sustainable bond issuance set for fresh record in 2021
March 11, 2021

Use-of-proceeds sustainable bond issuance forecast to increase by 30% from 2020. A combination of strong investor demand, policy measures and standardisation of regulations will drive further growth.

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Emerging markets that narrow gender gaps will likely reap economic, financial benefits
March 9, 2021

Many emerging market governments’ policy responses to COVID-19 include policies to promote women's economic and social security, but countercyclical recovery policies alone will not be enough to address long-standing, structural gaps in women’s access to education, employment and finance.

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Infographic: Progress toward gender equality will have positive credit effects
March 8, 2021

COVID-19 has heightened awareness of gender gaps around the world. Government and company actions to promote gender equity in employment, income and access to finance will have far-reaching economic and social benefits.

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COVID-19 and women’s employment: an international perspective
April 1, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis, with its mandated business closures and social distancing measures, has slammed female-dominated industries such as hospitality, healthcare, personal services and government much harder than have previous downturns. Prolonged school closures and childcare concerns are further intensifying the negative outcomes for women.

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Climate Risk Macroeconomic Forecasting
January 31, 2021

Our climate risk forecasts for the US and UK build off our well-tested Global Macroeconomic Model and are consistent with NGFS climate scenarios

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An Empirical Assessment of the Financial Impacts of Climate-related Hazard Events
December 31, 2020

This empirical study quantifies corporate valuation and credit impacts of climate-related hazard events, finding statistically and economically significant negative impacts of hazard events on the subsequent valuation of affected firms.

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COVID-19 and Distress in the CMBS Markets
August 20, 2020

We provide an update in this paper on the worst affected property types and geographic markets—and offer our thoughts on how conditions in the CRE debt markets will likely evolve through the rest of the year.

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Protecting Workers and Businesses in the COVID Crisis
July 20, 2020

A staggering nearly one-third of American workers have taken a direct financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, either through a lost job, lost hours, or a pay cut.

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Measuring What Matters: A New Approach to Assessing Sovereign Climate Risk
December 3, 2020

This report analyzes sovereign exposure to floods, heat stress, hurricanes and typhoons, sea level rise, water stress and wildfires based on the only known global dataset matching physical climate risk exposure to locations of population, GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) and agricultural areas within countries.

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Are U.S. Corporates Ready for Climate Risk Disclosures?
November 24, 2020

This analysis uses the TCFD Climate Strategy Assessment dataset from Moody's affiliate V.E to explore how US firms stand against policy recommendations outlined in recent reports by the US Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Business Roundtable (BRT) and assesses how disclosure in the US compares to reporting in other markets.

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Climate Change and Wildfires: Projecting Future Wildfire Potential
August 20, 2020

Four Twenty Seven developed a first-of-its-kind global dataset projecting changes to wildfire potential under a changing climate, at a granularity of about 25 x25 kilometers.

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Racial Justice and Climate Change: Exposure
July 20, 2020

The relationship between race and climate change is too often ignored. The recent protests for racial justice and police reform call attention to the fact that racism is still deeply embedded in our institutions and public policies.

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Demystifying Climate Scenario Analysis for Financial Stakeholders
December 19, 2019

The report explores which physical impacts are already locked in, identifies how Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios apply, and describes an approach to setting up scenario analysis for near-term physical climate risks.

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10 Years After Fukushima - What is the Future of Nuclear Power?
March 18, 2021

The slowdown of the Nuclear Renaissance has seen some countries re-evaluate their use of nuclear power, whilst others have brought new projects onstream. In this #5MinuteRead, we consider subsequent and possible future developments in the industry.

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Gender lens investing is a growing trend
March 8, 2021

Gender lens investing, an investment strategy that seeks to address gender disparities, continues to gain prominence. This strategy can be implemented through mechanisms such as gender bonds and private equity funds focused on the empowerment of women in business.

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Taxonomy Alignment Screening
October 15, 2020

In this research paper, we showcase the solution that V.E has developed for investors to help them in measuring EU Taxonomy Alignment.

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Measuring TCFD Disclosures
September 20, 2020

In this research paper, we examine where companies stand today in terms of adopting the TCFD recommendations. Our research indicates that most companies still lag behind in terms of disclosures.

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COVID-19 ESG Risk and Opportunities Dataset (C-19 Dataset)
June 20, 2020

The C-19 Dataset can be used as a lens to view the extent to which a company is fundamentally prepared to manage the risks and opportunities that the pandemic presents over the medium and long term.

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