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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
REITs can manage climate risk, investments needed to address growing challenges
September 20, 2020

Climate risk exposure is manageable for the rated REITs, but will increase over time. REITs withstood previous climate events without material losses or disruptions to their operations.

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Location and complexity limit severity of carbon transition risk for most refiners
September 20, 2020

Most refiners not strongly positioned for transition to low-carbon future. Our carbon transition assessments (CTAs) for the 24 refiners in our rated universe show a wide range of positioning from CT-4 to CT-8.

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Sea level rise increases credit risk for coastal states and local governments
September 20, 2020

Rising sea levels pose increasing credit risks for many coastal state and local governments.

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Record sustainable bond issuance in second quarter as social bonds surge
August 20, 2020

Combined social and sustainability bond volumes could now total $150 billion in 2020 as coronavirus pandemic response efforts and heightened awareness of social issues continue to support issuance.

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Government of United States: Racial disparities exemplify the long-standing and growing income and wealth inequalities that raise social risk
July 20, 2020

Recent events have highlighted the corrosive impact of inequality in the United States (US, Aaa stable) with a particular focus on the long-standing, deeply institutionalized inequality faced by the Black community.

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ESG Focus
July 20, 2020

ESG impact in the time of coronavirus - a complilation

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COVID effects likely to accelerate the energy transition
June 20, 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown experience of reduced commuting and business travel, alongside better air quality and family time, may deliver lasting changes in energy consumption.

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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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Navigating Credit in Asia Beyond COVID-19
June 20, 2020

As institutions attempt to use established, well-developed models to evaluate the current credit environment, it is clear these are not working adequately. This paper addresses these challenges.

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Unprecedented Demographic Change Will Shape Credit Markets Through 2030
June 20, 2020

Long-term prospects for U.S. economic growth fall short of what held during the second half of the 20th century. The demographic outlook for the next 10 years differs drastically from what held in 1997-2000.

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Managing the Risk Multiverse with Scenarios: How to Be Better Prepared for the Next Pandemic
June 20, 2020

It's time to consider our existing approaches to managing and mitigating business risk. What could we do differently to be better prepared to deal with a global pandemic?

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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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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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Emerging Risks in the European Insurance Sector
July 20, 2020

V.E analyses how insurance companies factor emerging risks into their service offering. This Sustainability-Focused analysis provides an overview of the European landscape.

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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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Corporate Social Responsibility: The COVID-19 Stress Test
April 20, 2020

The effects of COVID-19 have provided an unprecedented stress test of corporate social responsibility. As the pandemic has evolved, our teams have been monitoring companies to assess their susceptibility to ESG controversies.

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