Category: Analytics

Writing for Property Week, S&P allays fears over investment in the UK’s private rental sector following Budget statement

With the release of the Chancellor’s Budget last month, new taxes on property raised concerns among UK investors. However, in an opinion piece for leading real estate magazine Property Week, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at Standard and Poor’s, argues that the attractiveness of the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) is likely to …

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ICC’s Henri D’Ambrières discusses the importance of reliable data on low risk trade finance in TXF

In a recent article for TXF, Henri D’Ambrières, Senior Technical Adviser on the ICC’s Trade Register, explains how the recent Trade Register findings provide the most comprehensive and conclusive evidence of low-risk trade finance to date. He explains that the data – which presents a particularly positive image of the trade finance industry – is …

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A hung parliament means questions linger over Spain’s infrastructure, according to S&P in InfraNews

S&P’s recent research on how Spain’s turbulent political landscape is impacting the region’s infrastructure development is explored in an opinion article for specialist infrastructure publication InfraNews. Despite some promising developments for the sector in 2015 due to overall economic growth in Spain, a history of poor project management, combined with the recent general election result …

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New year, new Momentum: RiskFirst’s latest client win picked up by the financial press

Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting (Momentum ISC) is the latest to adopt RiskFirst’s market-leading risk management platform, PFaroe, as it targets growth in the UK investment consulting space. The ISC team, which was formed in August 2014, already has over £10 billion of assets under advice, and is focusing on large defined benefit (DB) pension sponsors and …

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S&P’s view on the impact of a potential rise in interest rates on project finance covered by the specialists

Investor appetite for project finance has been insatiable during the recent years of low interest rates. Yet a new report by Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services suggests that the recent US interest rate hike could mark the start of a new wave of refinancing in the project bond market. In the report, Michael Wilkins, Managing …

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S&P’s Mid-Market event covered in the specialist press

Standard & Poor’s hosted a panel discussion with key industry experts – from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), and debt advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP – to explore the recent trends in Europe’s Mid-Market and what can be done to develop the sector as we head into …

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S&P explores the risks of climate change in a new report

With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) having taken place in Paris, governments and business leaders will reflect on the next steps to limit global warming. All stakeholders now realise the urgent need to combat the negative impacts of rising global temperatures to the global economy. As such, Standard & Poor’s has released an in-depth …

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CMSpi in Retail Week on the impact of switching to polymer banknotes

CMSpi estimates that the cost of handling cash for retailers will jump 50% within the next five years, with a combination of factors – including growing interest rates, the living wage and the migration to polymer banknotes – set to impact businesses. CMSpi’s CEO Brendan Doyle spoke to Retail Week about the challenges ahead. To …

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Specialist press covers Premier and Rutherford Wilkinson’s adoption of RiskFirst’s PFaroe

Consultancy Premier and financial planner Rutherford Wilkinson have been announced as the latest to sign up to RiskFirst’s web-based reporting and risk analytics platform. Premier, a UK-wide benefits consultancy providing services to pension plan trustees, individuals and companies, will use PFaroe to drive better decision-making and help clients identify funding and investment risks. PFaroe has …

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CMSpi’s Elley Frost discusses the impact of polymer banknotes on merchants in A1 Retail

The migration to polymer banknotes – the biggest shake-up of the UK’s currency since decimalisation – is growing ever-closer. The £5 note is the first to get the plastic treatment, due to launch during the second half of 2016, with the £10 following in 2017 and the £20 by 2020. In A1 Retail, Elley Frost, …

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