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    Risk Technology Awards 2022: Credit Data Provider of the Year

    July 2022

    Risk Technology Awards 2022: Credit Data Provider of the Year

    Written by Risk.net

    In today’s volatile markets, it is essential that companies of all sizes have access to a broad range of accurate credit data and analysis tools. Moody’s Analytics has one of the most comprehensive suites of credit data available, covering a huge range of industry sectors and accompanied by cutting-edge tools and actionable analytics. Its products include proprietary risk data sets for analyzing markets where data is thin, early warning analysis, and tools for stress-testing, modelling, and benchmarking.

    The firm is constantly reacting to changing market dynamics and has launched numerous enhancements and made several strategic acquisitions in the past 12 months. It now offers credit products specifically designed to help clients navigate Covid-19, the military conflict in Ukraine, the UK energy crisis, climate risk, and ESG issues, for example. It also has invested in intelligent solutions, launching NewsEdge Credit, which combines business-relevant news with credit risk expertise to flag up adverse credit events, and CreditLens CRE, which embeds market data side by side with cashflow and risk rating activities.

    Data Alliance is central to Moody’s credit data products. It covers over 114 million commercial and industrial private firm financial statements, $588 billion in commercial real estate (CRE) loans, and more than 68% of all project finance loans originated since 1983. It also includes asset finance and agriculture data. Moody’s Analytics uses the resources in Data Alliance to derive data products for accounting standards, stress testing, internal and regulatory credit models, and loan origination models. It also provides tools for visualizing and benchmarking. Data Alliance gives insight into normally opaque private markets which can then augment portfolio data. In the past 12 months, Moody’s Analytics has grown its CRE consortia in Europe and expanded its benchmarking tools.

    In addition, Moody’s Analytics CRE provides a database of validated and curated information on 6.5 million commercial properties in the United States. We analyze the data to provide performance indicators such as location scoring, trends, forecasts, and holistic economic narratives.

    CreditEdge is a cloud-based solution for managing the credit risk of listed companies and bonds globally. Its flagship metric is the Expected Default Frequency (EDF), a forward-looking probability of default (PD) measure produced daily for over 42,000 public firms. It combines financial statements and equity market information to generate a predictive measurement of standalone credit risk. The EDF model is backed by our proprietary database of over 16,000 defaults globally. CreditEdge includes “what-if” scenario analysis and a “smart” news feed that uses artificial intelligence to uncover the most relevant news events that could affect a firm's credit risk. Customers can also rank public and private exposures together, using the Early Warning Score to spot emerging risks and opportunities across their portfolios sooner.

    Moody’s Analytics has made numerous recent enhancements, including the launch of EDF-X API, which provides pre-scored and continuously updated PD metrics for over 425 million companies globally. It also launched a climate-adjusted version of the public firm EDF model.

    Orbis is another stand-out product. This allows clients to understand shareholder power by identifying corporate ownership structures and assessing the financial health of holding companies, subsidiaries, and corporate groups. It contains information on over 425 million entities worldwide – a figure that has grown 44% in four years – and provides standardized financials, ratios, and other data to enable clients to search and compare companies globally. Orbis also offers ESG scores for over 300 million entities.

    The judges said:

    "Moody’s Analytics can’t be beaten on the range and quality of its credit data coverage."

    "Being a market leader in credit data provision, one might expect Moody’s Analytics to rest on its laurels, but there is no evidence of that, given the impressive list of enhancements and new products it has launched recently."