Moody's Analytics

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Moody's Analytics
Type Subsidiary
Industry Financial services
Founded 2007 (2007)
Headquarters 7 World Trade Center
New York City
, United States
Services Credit analysis, Financial risk management
Employees 1,400
Parent Moody's Corporation
Website www.moodysanalytics.com
References: [1]

Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation established in 2007 to focus on non-rating activities, separate from Moody's Investors Service. It provides economic research regarding risk, performance and financial modeling, as well as consulting, training and software services. Moody's Analytics is composed of divisions such as Moody's KMV, Moody's Economy.com, Moody's Wall Street Analytics, the Institute of Risk Standards and Qualifications, and Canadian Securities Institute Global Education Inc.

History[edit]

In 1995, Moody's Corporation started a business unit providing quantitative analysis services, including credit risk assessment software and services, called Moody's Risk Management Service (MRMS).[2][3]

In early 2000 Moody's acquired the Software Products Group of Crowe, Chizek & Co., then the eighth largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S.,[4] which brought software used by banks to analyze the risk in taking on commercial loans.[5] The same year, MRMS partnered with RiskMetrics to develop software that combined credit risk analysis with portfolio management.[3]

In February 2002, Moody's purchased KMV (Kealhofer, McQuown and Vasicek), a San Francisco-based quantitative risk management firm, and merged it with MRMS to create Moody's KMV.[6] The company acquired KMV's clients and its software tool for calculating the probability of credit default, EDF (Expected Default Frequency). Moody's KMV integrated financial modeling software from each former company and, in 2003, debuted its credit risk management system, Credit Monitor.[7]

In 2005, Moody's acquired Economy.com, an economics research and analytics firm based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, adding services related to economic and demographic research, country analysis, and data on industrial, financial and regional markets.[8]

The following year, in December 2006, the firm acquired Wall Street Analytics, a San Francisco-based financial analysis and monitoring software developer,[9] which then became Moody's Wall Street Analytics.[10] The acquisition brought with it software for financial risk management, including CDOnet, a tool for collateralized debt obligation (CDO) valuation.[10][11]

In August 2007, Moody's Corporation created a new division for its combined non-ratings businesses, Moody's Analytics, to operate separately from Moody's Investors Service.[12] Subsidiary companies that make up Moody's Analytics today include Moody's KMV, Economy.com, Wall Street Analytics, Fermat International, Enb Consulting Ltd., The Institute of Risk Standards and Qualifications (iRSQ) and, most recently, CSI Global Education Inc. The division began operations with Moody's KMV, Economy.com and Wall Street Analytics, and other subsidiary companies were added to Moody's Analytics through later acquisitions.

In 2008, Moody's Analytics acquired Fermat International,[13] a Brussels-based provider of software for financial risk and performance management in the banking sector,[14][15][16] used by over 100 banks across 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.[14][16]

In December 2008, Moody's Analytics added Enb Consulting Ltd., a provider of professional training and career services in the financial sector based in Surrey, England, to Moody's Analytics Training Services.[17] Its services include technical and soft skills training programs for banking and capital markets professionals.[18]

In 2010, Moody's Analytics established the Institute of Risk Standards and Qualifications (iRSQ), a training body providing competency accreditation in financial risk management.[19] The iRSQ's qualifications have been recognized by the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and its certification program is endorsed by the Financial Services Skills Council as the standard for training in applied risk management.[20]

Moody's Analytics further added to its training services in November 2010, when it acquired Canadian Securities Institute Global Education Inc. (CSI), a provider of training and certification for the financial sector, best known for its introductory course to stocks and bonds, the Canadian Securities Course, which is mandatory for Canadian licensed investment advisers.[19][21]

In June 2010, Moody's Analytics formed a strategic alliance with Experian to provide software for financial institutions to manage consumer loan portfolios. The first product provided by the companies was Moody's CreditCycle Plus, a tool to forecast potential losses and provide stress testing of loan portfolios.[22]

In March 2011 Moody's Analytics announced the release of a software program developed by Moody's Research Labs, the Mortgage Portfolio Analyzer, to assist portfolio managers in managing credit risk.[23]

In November 2011, Moody’s Corporation acquired a major stake in Copal Partners, providers of outsourced research and analytical services to institutional customers. This acquisition extends the research, data, software and training services offered by Moody’s Analytics.[24]

In December 2011, Moody’s Corporation added Barrie & Hibbert Limited, a provider of risk management modeling tools for insurance companies, to Moody’s Analytics enterprise risk management services. The acquisition broadens Moody’s Analytics suite of software solutions for the insurance and pension sectors. Barrie & Hibbert’s Economic Scenario Generator (ESG) is widely recognized as an industry standard for valuing and projecting assets and liabilities and assessing risk and capital positions.[25]

In December 2013, Moody's acquired Amba Investment Services, a provider of investment research and quantitative analytics for global financial institutions.[26]


Mark Almeida has been president of Moody's Analytics since January 2008.[27]

Products and services[edit]

Moody's Analytics' products include Market Implied Ratings (MIR) and Expected Default Frequency (EDF) software packages. MIR applies Moody's ratings scale to credit and equity market price signals so users can identify investment opportunities; EDF estimates a company's credit default probability based on quantitative factors including market capitalization, equity, volatility and capital structure.[28] The division also provides financial institutions with analytical and risk management software, including its RiskAnalyst credit risk management software, which is used to provide analysis of credit data for commercial loans and to calculate risk.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Moody's Analytics". moodysanalytics.com. Moody's Analytics, Inc. 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Sinclair, Timothy J. (2005). The New Masters of Capital: American Bond Rating Agencies and the Politics of Creditworthiness. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-7491-0. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Louise Bowman (November 2000). "Moody's blues". Airfinance Journal. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Paul Dodson (20 February 2000). "Moody's aims to turn former Crowe, Chizek unit into global business". South Bend Tribune. 
  5. ^ Charles Keenan (28 January 2000). "Moody's Acquires Commercial Loan Software Operation". The American Banker. 
  6. ^ Aaron T. Smith (12 February 2002). "Mergers & Acquisitions: Moody's to Buy Credit Risk Analyzer KMV for $210 Million". The Bond Buyer. 
  7. ^ Christopher Faille (24 July 2003). "Moody's KMV Integrates RiskCalc with Credit Monitor". HedgeWorld Daily News. 
  8. ^ "Moody’s Acquires Economy.com". Allbusiness.com. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 30 August 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Moody’s Corporation Acquires Wall Street Analytics". Allbusiness.com. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Moody's acquires Wall Street Analytics for undisclosed sum". The Associated Press. 18 December 2006. 
  11. ^ Suzanne Walker (9 December 2003). "Risk Management: Wall Street Analytics Unveils New CDO Valuation Tool.". The Bond Buyer. 
  12. ^ Matthew Hanson (8 August 2007). "Moody's Corp. Divides Itself, Creates Non-Ratings Analytics Company.". The Bond Buyer. p. 3. 
  13. ^ "Moody’s Analytics to Acquire Fermat International". StreetInsider.com. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  14. ^ a b David Roisen (16 September 2008). "Moody's to acquire risk management software firm". SNL Kagan Media & Communications Report. 
  15. ^ "Moody's Corporation acquires Fermat International". Financial Deals Tracker. 14 October 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Carolyn Murphy (16 September 2008). "Moody's bags Fermat". Daily Deal/The Deal. 
  17. ^ Taigh Khan (22 December 2008). "Moody's unit acquires Enb Consulting". SNL Kagan Media & Communications Report. 
  18. ^ "Moody’s Analytics Acquires Enb Consulting" (Press release). Moody's Corporation. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Moody's acquires Canadian Securities Course provider CSI Global for $155 million". The Canadian Press. 22 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "iRSQ to certify risk competency standards". CPI Financial. 13 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Moody's Corp. Buys CSI Global Education". Professional Services Close-Up. 26 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "Experian and Moody's Analytics partner to offer consumer credit loss-forecasting and stress-testing product". Mortgage Banking. June 2010. 
  23. ^ "Moody’s Analytics Launches Mortgage Portfolio Analyzer (MPA)" (Press release). Business Wire. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  24. ^ “Moody's Corporation Acquires Majority Stake in Copal Partners” ir.moodys.com. Moody’s Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  25. ^ “Moody's Corporation Acquires Barrie & Hibbert” ir.moodys.com. Moody’s Corporation. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  26. ^ “Moody's Acquires Amba Investment Services” ir.moodys.com. Moody’s Corporation. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  27. ^ "Leadership Team". Moody's Analytics. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Moody’s Corporation Investor Relations". ir.moodys.com. Moody's Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  29. ^ Penny Crosman (20 January 2010). "Moody's Analytics Acquires Commercial Mortgage Modeling Software". InformationWeek. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 

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