Visual narratives to walk you through important topics across industries, sectors, and regions.
September 22, 2021

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC): 20 years on, much work remains to be done

The UNGC encourages businesses to build a more sustainable future by tackling human rights, labour, anti-corruption and environment principles. Whilst slowly improving, our data indicates that there is still considerable work to be done to better embed these principles into corporate strategies.

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September 22, 2021

Is the American shopping mall really dead?

During the second half of the 20th century, malls became a centerpiece for shopping and entertainment. But starting in the 21st century, e-commerce began to erode brick-and-mortar retail. What does this mean for the future of the mall?

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August 31, 2021

Remote work uncertainty and falling rents will hurt property tax revenue for some big US cities

Office rents are falling and vacancies are rising in the wake of the shift to working–from–home, and commercial property rents are taking a hit as a result. For five US metros with major business districts – New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and San Francisco – the impact of lower rents on their property tax revenues will vary according to each city’s tax assessment framework.

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August 25, 2021

US and Europe REITs / REOCs’ negative outlook is constrained by tough conditions for office and retail landlords

Rent to fall 1% to 3% at US and Europe REITs / REOCs in the next 12 – 18 months with empty cubicles pointing to problems for office landlords while structural shifts are accelerating for retail landlords

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August 16, 2021

Crossover Zone: Potential fallen angels ebb, rising stars grow amid recovery

The Crossover Zone refers to ratings closest to the line between speculative grade and investment grade. Potential fallen angels have begun to ebb and potential rising stars continue to rise as major economies rebound with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. These trends should accelerate in the coming quarters.

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July 23, 2021

Property sector plays a key role in China’s economy, with far-reaching and significant influence across other important sectors

Nearly 25% of China's GDP is from property and related sectors along its supply chain. The Chinese government closely regulates the property sector, through policy and control over funding, to ensure its long-term stability and to contain risks to the financial system

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July 16, 2021

Social risks will weigh on emerging market sub-sovereigns for years

Regional and local governments in emerging markets generally report weaker infrastructure and higher levels of poverty and inequality than their advanced economy peers. Given their limited capacity to address these challenges, we expect that social considerations will continue to weigh on their growth and financial metrics.

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July 15, 2021

Non-Financial Corporates: COVID-19 Dashboard (Q2 2021)

Recovery in credit quality underway; corporate rating actions reveal a thoughtful and measured approach to credit

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July 12, 2021

Financial Institutions - Global: Rating activity normalizing as outlooks trend positive

The number of downgrades each month has dropped from a peak in April 2020, and rating activity is now more normal. Most rating actions are affirmations, and the trend is for more stable and positive outlooks as credit conditions improve. Looking ahead, reopening economies and business model changes are in focus.

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June 23, 2021

ESG Controversies: Six Trends to Watch

Climate change, biodiversity loss, COVID-19 and protests against inequality are shifting the landscape for investors at an unprecedented rate.

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