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Fitch Solutions Pulse Survey Q3 Snapshot

Pulse Survey / Banking & Financial Services / Global / Fri 06 Aug, 2021

In June and July 2021, we interviewed 839 clients and market participants from 789 firms across the world about major macroeconomic risks, their firms’ business projections, and their perspectives on ESG. Part of The Pulse Survey initiative, these surveys were conducted during a Fitch Solutions webinar series running June 29 to July 15, which focused on the outlook for the global economy.

Key Findings:

A sluggish vaccine rollout weighing on the global economic recovery is our clients’ major economic concern.

  • Clients and market participants’ expectations for their 2021 business projections became increasingly muddled in Q3, with an uptick in the percentage of respondents expecting significant downward revisions to their projections this year.

ESG is a significant factor in decision making for our clients.

  • Nearly half of survey respondents indicated that they weigh all ESG factors equally and just 3% do not consider ESG factors in decision making.
  • On average, nearly one third of respondents reported that they have established processes to integrate ESG into decision making, such as carbon pricing or ESG investment criteria.
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