Insurance companies are well placed to fill a $500bn annual gap between infrastructure investment needs and the lending available from traditional sources such as banks, according to research published by S&P RatingsDirect.
The number of European corporates defaulting on their debt hit a four year high in 2013, despite the overall stability returning to the international economy, says Diane Vazza, head of global fixed income research at Standard and Poor's.
Tim Edwards, a director of the index strategy team at S&P Dow Jones Indices has analysed how the S&P Euro 350 has performed in 2013.
S&P's analyst Manuel Dusina says that Italian public-private partnership (PPP) programme and ready access to the capital markets should help to encourage institutional investors to participate in the Italian project finance market.
Standard & Poor's has cut France's sovereign credit rating by one notch to AA from AA+, judging President Francois Hollande's economic reforms inadequate to spur growth.
The American rating agency sees no turning point for Italy in 2014, where product per capita is lower than 2007.
Standard & Poor's has cut its rating for Italy to BBB from BBB+ with a negative outlook, but Italian Economy Minister says it is based on old data.
Europe's mid-sized companies need up to €3.5trn funding by 2018, S&P says.
S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched the S&P Global Dividend aristocrats index which is designed to measure the performance of the highest dividend yielding companies within the S&P Global Broad Market Index (BMI).
Basile Fémelat, associate at Baker and McKenzie Luxembourg argues that new law to regulate rating agencies has not fully addressed investors' blind reliance on them, nor some outstanding structural conflicts.
S&P Capital IQ Fund Research has assigned a Silver grading to the Alliance Trust European Equity Fund.
Fund managers are convinced that the US has a fair chance of recovery once the looming fiscal cliff issue is resolved, according to research published today by S&P Capital IQ.
Finanstilsynet, the Danish FSA, has said that local banks remain strong after the European Banking Authority published the final results of its EU-wide capital exercise.