ESG Ratings: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Agencies, Methodologies

Headline ratings no longer enough Prof. Dr. Nils Stieglitz gave a welcome address to the conference “ESG Ratings: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” of the Corporate Governance Institute (Prof. Dr. Julia Redenius-Hövermann) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, followed by Prof. Dr. Zacharias Sautner, showing data of Hartzmark and Sussman, 2019, proving…

How A Credit Rating Agency Should Determine the Weights of ESG Criteria

Agencies, Criteria, Definitions, Methodologies, Read

Moody’s “General Principles for Assessing Environmental, Social and Governance Risks” relate to issues which may have greater downside risk than upside potential for rated issuers. The introduction of these principles is perceived by many issuers as an additional pressure that weighs on them in order to prove their sustainable management. This pressure is unsettling, especially…

Rating Agency Accused of Using Original, Then Rewritten Data

Agencies, Data

Refinitiv ESG’s rewriting not a one-time event Prof. Dr. Kornelia Fabisik, Assistant Professor of Finance, Frankfurt School, reports on some discoveries at one of the ESG rating agencies at the conference “ESG Ratings: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” of the Corporate Governance Institute (Prof. Dr. Julia Redenius-Hövermann) at the Frankfurt School of Finance &…

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GlobalCapital Celebrates KBRA


2021 Securitization Awards. Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA), a global full-service rating agency, was named “Securitization Rating Agency of the Year” by GlobalCapital at its U.S. Securitization Awards 2021. “KBRA was founded in 2010 to set a standard of excellence and integrity, and we have been loyal to this notion since then,” Eric Thompson, Global…

The Role of Ratings in Greenwashing

Agencies, Criteria, Read

Austria’s Financial Market Authority (FMA) warns consumers against “greenwashing” in the new edition of their consumer information series “Let’s talk about money”. “Greenwashing” means that a financial product is advertised as environmentally friendly, green or sustainable – i.e. colored green – even though it does not actually meet these standards. In this way, potential investors…


Experts, Read

STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP ON OPERATIONALIZING SUSTAINABILITY & CIRCULAR ECONOMY: MEASURING, MONITORING, REPORTING, IMPACT INVESTING, ESG RATINGS. A sustainability report provides information on an organization’s health, including economic, environmental, and social performance against set guidelines or an established framework. Over the past few decades, business performance is increasingly being approached from a multi-dimensional perspective. This is because…

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Concerns About the Impact of COVID-19 on Credit Ratings


The board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published the Final Report “Observed Impact of COVID-19 Government Support Measures on Credit Ratings“. IOSCO is the global standard setter for securities markets regulation. The pandemic’s economic and market turmoil led to many credit ratings downgrades and has put credit rating agencies (CRAs) and their…

With my-si More Sustainability Is In Sight


The investment platform my sustainable impact, my-si, has started in Germany. The my-si investment concept envisages generating attractive returns with sustainable investments and at the same time creating a social benefit. Investors choose ESG-approved fund strategies according to five different risk classes according to their personal risk appetite and make a contribution to a better…


Green Bubbles and Adverse Selection Based on Sustainability Criteria

Agencies, Investors

Why can ESG scores lead to unsustainable portfolios and “green” bubbles? Louis Larere, Portfolio Manager SRI, Zadig Asset Management, investigates this question. Sustainability is currently the most important trend in asset management and the integration of sustainability criteria in investment processes is already considered an “operating license” for many. Asset managers primarily use what are…

Moody’s Heatmap Shows Heightened Environmental Credit Risk

Agencies, Criteria, Models, Read

Moody’s analysts have revised their environmental classification to reflect evolving environmental, social and governance standards, disclosure frameworks and market conventions among issuers and investors. Environmental risks can arise from regulatory and policy issues, hazards or a combination of both. The five environmental categories Moody’s considers most material to credit are carbon transition, physical climate risks,…

Comisión Nacional de Valores República Argentina Registered Credit Rating entities

Agencies, Certifications, Read, Registrations, Regulations

Credit Rating Agencies are those entities that are dedicated to making risk ratings. In Argentina, entities must be registered with the Comisión Nacional de Valores in order to carry out the activity and they can be private companies or public universities. Public Universities Unidad CEPAF – Agente de Calificación de Riescos Universidad Pública (UBA) Universidad…

residential location

Scoring Sustainable Residential Locations

Criteria, Read

What constitutes future-oriented residential areas? The answer is complex and can not be answered in a general or even complete manner for all residential real estate between Norderney and Berchtesgaden. A recent study searched for similarities that characterize future-proof and long-term profitable housing, and examines these success criteria more closely. Ten macro-location and nine micro-location…