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Scoring the Unrated Municipal Marketplace

Thursday, September 24, 2020
30 minutes

The U.S. Public Finance market comprises tens of thousands of rated and unrated issuers. Many institutions need to assess the credit of these issuers, but often find they spend too much time gathering the necessary data to conduct a robust analysis. In this session, we'll walk through a newly released tool, the Public Finance Automated Scoring Tool (PFAST), which automatically assesses creditworthiness of U.S. local governments, both rated and unrated. You will walk away from this webinar with specific insights about:

  • COVID-19's impact on local governments' credit quality
  • Major summary statistics of credit quality differences between rated and unrated cities, counties, and school districts
  • PFAST Scores, a local government quantitatively derived credit assessment score
  • The key risk factors behind the PFAST Scores
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S&P Global Contributor
Bob Durante is a Senior Director in Global Risk Services for S&P Global Market Intelligence. In his role, Bob is responsible for managing client service engagements, providing analytical thought leadership and helping clients measure and manage their credit risk. Since joining S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2008, Bob has led dozens of client engagement projects that focus on development of internal risk rating systems, validation of risk rating and stress testing models and deployment of dozens of Credit Assessment Scorecards representing all major asset classes. Full Bio
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Eduardo Alves is an analytical team lead at S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Risk Services. He delivers risk management solutions for financial institutions of varying sizes and specialties, with a primary focus in the Americas region. Mr. Alves is results-focused and has an outstanding record of exceeding client objectives through high-quality and consistent applications in the areas of credit risk rating methodologies, internal risk rating systems design and validation, stress testing, and thought leadership. Full Bio
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Isabella Vallory is an associate at S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Credit Risk Solutions. Full Bio

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