In 2018, we reinforced these findings. Today, we revisit our study, updating our results with a longer sample period to understand how the market volatility throughout 2020 affected the relationship between ESG factors and CDS spreads.
- The significant relationship between ESG factors and CDS spreads persists: companies with better ESG practices tend to have lower CDS spreads, even after controlling for credit risks.
- The explanatory power of the model increased from both the 2017 and 2018 studies.
- High levels of market volatility throughout 2020 did not significantly affect this relationship (a closer investigation of the relationship within 2020 is, however, warranted).