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April 2020

In this month's issue, we continue to examine the impacts of the coronavirus and its effects on the political and economic landscape. To receive regular insights into the market impacts of COVID-19, subscribe to our weekly updates here. 

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Pillars of "Fintech" Innovation
April 28, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT
The term “fintech” has been used to refer to the digital innovation sweeping across all segments of the financial industry in recent years. While the scope of the change is widespread, there are observable patterns common across several verticals.

Companies are betting on the promise of “fintech” to innovate along the dimensions of speed, accuracy, and connectivity. Join S&P Global Research Analyst, Nimayi Dixit for a webinar discussion which will take a closer look at some of these bets, as well as explore how fintech companies may navigate the imminent economic crisis stemming from the impact of COVID-19.
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Our Thinking

A deep-dive into our research and analysis.

Long Road to Recovery: Coronavirus Lessons from Supply Chain and Financial Data

COVID-19 continues to disrupt global supply chains in unprecedented ways. Leveraging maritime shipping data from Panjiva, this report includes a review of trade and financial data to analyze the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
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COVID-19: Emerging Market Local Governments And Non-Profit Public-Sector Entities Face Rising Financial Strains

S&P Global Ratings acknowledges a high degree of uncertainty about the rate of spread and peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Some government authorities estimate the pandemic will peak about midyear, and we are using this assumption in assessing the economic and credit implications.
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Industries Most and Least Impacted by COVID 19 from a Probability of Default Perspective March 2020 Update

Despite the implementation of unprecedented government stimulus packages and interest rates dropping to near zero, the pandemic is still affecting many industries. In this blog, we update our prior analysis and explore the top five industries most impacted by COVID-19 during the month of March 2020.
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Market Trends

Bringing you the latest news & headlines

Coronavirus crisis could prompt Amazon, other retailers to invest in automation 

The e-commerce retailer and other companies are likely to spend more on automation and robotics to lessen their reliance on human workers in the midst of the outbreak.
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Fed has more 'bazookas' even after massive $2.3 trillion in emergency loans

The Federal Reserve still has plenty of options left as it weighs other actions to help the U.S. recover from a sudden halt in economic activity. 
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Data in Action

Research that leverages our data.

Payday Before Mayday: CEO Compensation Contracting for Distressed Firms
Boston College - Department of Accounting; Boston College - Carroll School of Management; Texas A&M University - Department of Finance

Using a sample of more than 1,500 US public firms in the period 1998-2016, we examine how firms endogenously adjust CEO compensation contracts when they become financially distressed. 

Not Coming Home: Trade and Economic Policy Uncertainty in American Supply Chain Networks
National University of Singapore - Department of Finance; The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - CUHK Business School

We study the relation between the supply chain network of American public firms and U.S. trade (U.S. TPU), non-trade (U.S. EPU), and foreign economic policy uncertainty (foreign EPU). 


Product Highlights

Platform news and updates.

What Factors Outperform During Periods of High Volatility? 

Using our Alpha Factor Library (AFL) tool on Capital IQ Desktop, we concluded companies that deploy their capital efficiently have outperformed  during periods of market stress over the past 30+ years. 
  • Quickly backtest over 550 different factors across global and regional indices
  • Input your own macroeconomic regimes for analysis
  • Analyze long/short returns, top quintile returns and bottom quintile returns
  • Factor correlation, IC and T stat analysis
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What's new?

Keeping you up-to-date

StreetTalk Podcast

The U.S. government responded to the potential economic fallout from the coronavirus with a historic $2 trillion stimulus package, with nearly $350 billion focused on small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. While the PPP kicked off with a rocky start, Isaac Boltansky, policy analyst at Compass Point, believes the Federal Reserve and U.S. Congress are committed to making it work, including through additional funding. In the episode, Boltansky, a former member of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, discussed the mechanics of the PPP and criticisms to date as well as his expectation for more financial support to come since "deficit hawks are on the endangered species list" in Washington D.C.


Join Us!

Upcoming events and webinars

Tech Deals in the Downturn: M&A and Shifting Growth Strategies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
11:00 AM EDT Live and On-Demand

Technology and digital solutions continue to help companies address regular and pandemic-related challenges.

Prior to COVID-19, emerging tech such as machine learning and artificial intelligence accounted for the most tech M&A activity. As companies re-strategize for 2020 and beyond, will that trend decline, continue, or increase? Will these technologies become “insurance” in anticipation of future global disruptions?
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Accelerating Progress on Climate Risk
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
2:00 AM EDT Live, On-Demand

While the world is battling the COVID-19 crisis which is impacting business and individuals greatly, the threat of climate change is still imminent. As such, the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report demands for immediate, collective action to tackle climate change should continue.

Join S&P Global specialists and industry practitioners to explore the implications for company operations and investor portfolios through live data visualisations – and discover practical insights to accelerate your progress on climate risk. 
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Coronavirus: The Global Impact
Aired, April 7, 2020

Last week, we brought together the breadth of S&P Global’s news and research teams to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and specific industries. 
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Remote Work Challenges: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
Aired, April 1, 2020

Public policy and business responses to the coronavirus crisis are fast moving, increasingly stringent self-isolation measures have led to 65% of businesses initiating expanded work from home policies. 38% of businesses think those policies will be long-term, potentially permanent.
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