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CRITICAL THINKING

S&P Global Market Intelligence on the importance of providing clients with best-in-class data

S&P Global Market Intelligence understands the importance of accurate, deep and insightful information. It integrates financial and industry data, research and news into tools that help track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, perform valuations and assess credit risk. Investment professionals, government agencies, corporations and universities around the world use this essential intelligence to make business and financial decisions with conviction.

S&P Global Market Intelligence works with companies to help them gain transparency into their credit and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, as well as effectively manage their data, with data-driven decision-making becoming a business imperative amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The firm is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), one of the world’s foremost providers of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, offering ESG solutions, deep data and insights on critical business factors. S&P Global has been providing essential intelligence that unlocks opportunity, fosters growth and accelerates progress for more than 160 yearsRISK

AND REWARD
S&P Global Market Intelligence’s credit risk solutions help clients gain the full picture of their credit risk exposure. Its RiskGauge reports, for example, help build a detailed picture of a company’s credit risk. These comprehensive credit reports, applicable for more than 50 million public and private companies worldwide, including SMEs, are powered by dynamic analytical models and robust data.

Climate change has created a need to evaluate the impact of different climate-related scenarios on counterparties, investments and portfolios. To support these efforts, S&P Global Market Intelligence and US-based management consulting firm Oliver Wyman present Climate Credit Analytics, a climate scenario analysis and credit analytics model suite. These tools combine S&P Global Market Intelligence’s data resources and credit analytics capabilities with Oliver Wyman’s climate scenario and stress-testing expertise.

Its cutting-edge scores and probability of default (PD) analytical models and unrivalled data help clients quickly and easily measure the credit risk of rated, unrated, public and private companies across the globe. The expanded PD framework can help uncover hidden credit risk. It can measure the PD of any non-financial company using the country and industry in which the firm operates, and clearly see the distribution of the underlying scores that drive the risk assessment for the company. This innovative approach captures important credit risk drivers and is based on the firm’s PD Fundamentals Model, incorporating both financial and business risk dimensions to generate an overall PD score.

Credit assessment scorecards provide credit and investment management professionals with the essential tools to identify and manage potential default risks of private, publicly traded, rated and unrated companies and government entities, across a multitude of sectors. The scorecards enable ESG factors to be considered in credit risk analysis in a transparent and structured way, while working through the regular credit assessment process.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ESG FACTORS
Resource scarcity, climate change and population dynamics continuously shape a corporation’s competitive environment. ESG analysis assesses these challenges and builds strategies to succeed in the transition to a sustainable future.

Manage climate risk
S&P Global Market Intelligence’s climate analytics set the bar on climate intelligence. With a uniquely deep and comprehensive lens on rapidly evolving climate risks, its datasets and analytics provide insights to turn climate risk into climate opportunity.

Integrate ESG factors
Essential ESG insights are built on reliable data sources, sound methodology and a sharp focus on material issues. S&P Global ESG scores power the client’s investment and risk management strategy.

Maximise positive impact
A complex web of frameworks and regulatory incentives are emerging to drive the transition to an equitable, sustainable future while delivering economic growth. The company’s essential positive impact analytics provide the clarity needed to accelerate alignment with global sustainability goals and maximise the positive impact of decisions.

DELIVERING VALUE FROM DATA
Data has never been so abundantly available to aid business’ decision-making. The companies that stand to gain the most are those that maximise their investments in data and analytics to drive quicker and more insightful business decisions. The S&P Global Marketplace provides data that gives clients an edge, enabling them to access premium fundamental and alternative datasets seamlessly via the cloud, data feed and API solutions, along with expert analysis.

The data philosophy of the S&P Global Marketplace is to source, structure, link and deliver best-in-class data for its clients. This data, when combined with the firm’s core offerings, creates the insights that can be relied on to answer the questions critical to any business. The firm believes the intersection of differentiated and clean data is key to rich insights that drive business decisions.

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