With a strong entrepreneurial drive and a firm belief about the needs of the investment community, John Moody founded Moody’s in 1900, publishing Moody's Manual of Industrial and Miscellaneous Securities.
history
Moody’s insight and analysis has helped drive better decisions for over 100 years
Our founder, John Moody, had a vision to widen access to information and establish a global language of credit. This vision still inspires us today, as we support our customers around the world with our powerful data analytics, and insight. From commercial real estate to environmental and cyber risks, we continually expand and enhance our capabilities through organic growth, strategic investments and acquisitions to better serve our customers.
history
Founded in 1900, Moody’s insight and analysis has helped drive better decisions for over 100 years.
A JOURNEY BACK THROUGH TIME: THE LAST 5 DECADES
2010s+
Moody’s acquisitions and investments focus on real estate, cyber security and ESG expertise, and continues to deepen its global footprint
2020
Acquisition of a Regulatory DataCorp, a leading provider of anti-money laundering and know-your-customer data and due diligence services
2019
Majority stake acquired in Vigeo Eiris, a global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance research, data and assessments
Majority stake acquired in Four Twenty Seven, Inc., a leading provider of data, intelligence, and analysis related to physical climate risks acquired
Investment in a minority stake in SynTao, which provides ESG data and analytics based in and serving China
RiskFirst, a FinTech company providing risk analytic solutions for the asset management and pension fund communities acquired
Launch of Moody's Local, a domestic ratings platform focused on serving the needs of local capital markets
2018
Acquisition of Reis, Inc., a leading provider of U.S. commercial real estate data
Investment in QuantCube Technology, an innovative provider of real-time, AI-based predictive analytics
Investment in Team8 Partners II, L.P., a think tank specializing in cybersecurity and data resilience
Minority stake acquired in ICR Chile, a provider of domestic credit ratings in Chile
2017
Acquisition of Bureau van Dijk, a global provider of business intelligence and company information
Investment in SecurityScorecard, a leading provider of cybersecurity ratings
Investment in CompStak, a platform for crowdsourced commercial real estate data
2016
Investment in Finagraph, a provider of automated financial data collection and business intelligence solutions
Acquisition of GGY, a leading provider of advanced actuarial software for the global life insurance industry
2015
Acquisition of Equilibrium, a leading provider of credit rating and research services in Peru and other countries in Latin America
2014
Acquisition of WebEquity Solutions, a leader in cloud-based lending platforms
Lewtan Technologies, a provider of data and analytics solutions for securitized assets acquired
2011
Moody’s acquired a majority stake in Copal Partners, a pioneer in outsourced financial research and analytics services. Through Copal Partners, we also acquired Amba Research, an investment research and analytics firm
Acquisition of Barrie & Hibbert Limited, a leading provider of insurance risk management modelling tools
2010
Acquisition of the Canadian Securities Institute, a training services provider for finance professionals based in Canada
Acquisition of Commercial Mortgage Metrics, an analytical model for assessing default and recovery risk for commercial real estate
2000s
Moody’s listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and Moody’s Analytics formed
2008
Acquisition of Fermat International, a leading provider of risk and performance management software to the global banking sector
Acquisition of Enb Consulting Limited, a UK-based provider of training services for the financial market professionals
Formation of Moody’s Analytics which continues to bring together Moody’s world-class financial intelligence and analytical tools to help business leaders make better, faster decisions
2007
Majority stake acquired in Midroog LTD., an Israeli credit rating agency
2006
Minority stake acquired in China Cheng Xin International Credit Rating Co., Ltd. (CCXI), a domestic credit rating agency in the People’s Republic of China
Acquisition of Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a leading developer of sophisticated structured finance analysis and monitoring software
2005
Acquisition of Economy.com, a leading independent provider of economic research and data services
2002
Acquisition of quantitative risk-modelling firm, KMV
2000
Moody’s Corporation is formed and listed on the New York Stock Exchange with ticker symbol (MCO)
1990s
Moody’s expands online distribution of its products and global presence
1999
Cooperative relationship with China’s Dagong Global Credit Rating Company established
Acquisition of partnership interests in Clasificadora de Riesgo Humphreys Ltda (Chile) and Humphreys-Argentina
New office opened in Milan, Italy
1998
Affiliations established with rating agencies in Korea (Korea Investors Service (KIS)) and India (ICRA Ltd)
1996
New office opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil
1995
New office opened in Singapore
1994
Acquisitions of Docutronics and Financial Proformas, Inc
New office opened in Toronto, Canada and Hong Kong
1992
New office opened in Madrid, Spain
1991
New office opened in Frankfurt, Germany
1990
Our ratings and research are made available on Bloomberg Terminals
1980s
Moody’s expands international footprint and ratings coverage
1988
New office opened in Sydney, Australia
1987
Moody’s opens an office in Paris, France
1986
Moody’s extends rating coverage to bank deposits
1985
New office opened in Tokyo, Japan
1984
Moody’s begins to offer structured finance ratings
1970s
Moody’s expands product range
1974
First bank holding company bond ratings assigned
1972
We begin to rate commercial paper
1970
First Eurobond ratings assigned