Regulators turn gaze on ESG rating providers—for better or worse

Governments around the world are looking to clamp down on providers of ESG ratings and data products. Jo wonders what the implications could be for a still nascent market.

In the movie adaptation of the Michael Lewis book The Big Short, Mark Baum and Vinny Daniels from the investment firm FrontPoint Partners visit the offices of S&P Global Ratings. FrontPoint has noticed that the credit rating agencies (CRAs) haven’t downgraded subprime bonds, even though millions of Americans are defaulting on their home loans and the underlying securities are essentially junk. They want answers, but analyst Georgia Hale tells them she doesn’t have to share any of S&P’s data with

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