To analyse credit risks with greater precision, we developed a pricing model last year to capture the influence of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on credit spreads. It showed a convincing relationship between ESG risk and credit spreads, manifesting as an ESG-risk curve.
After expanding this research, we found this relationship between ESG risk and credit spreads to be reinforced.
CFA, Head of Sustainable Fixed Income, Federated Hermes Limited
Mitch joined in February 2010 as Head of Research on the Credit team before becoming Co-Head of Credit from 2012 to 2019. In 2019, in addition to his role of Head of Research, he became Head of Sustainable Fixed Income and co-manager of the Federated Hermes SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund. Prior to this he was Co-Head of Credit Research for the global credit team at Fortis Investments. Other roles at Fortis include portfolio manager of European high yield funds, based in London, and senior credit analyst, based in Paris. Before this he worked as an associate analyst in the leveraged finance group at Moody’s Investors Service in New York. Mitch earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor’s degree in History at Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges in California. He is a CFA charterholder and the founder and Co-Chair of the Federated Hermes Sustainability Investment Centre. Among his current and former advocacy roles are: founding member of the Executive Committee for the European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA); Co-Chair of the Credit Risk and Ratings Advisory Committee at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI); workstream member CFO Taskforce for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC); member the Target Setting workstream at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Technical Working Group (Communications and Technology) for the US-based Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); (former) Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the IFRS Foundation; (former) member of the Sovereign Working Group (PRI); (former) workstream member of the UK-China Green Finance Task Force; and (former) Green Finance Advisory of the City of London.
Climate Change High Yield Credit strategy, interim report 2022
In this inaugural report, we delve into what makes the Federated Hermes Climate Change High Yield Credit strategy unique. As well as introducing our process and team, the report provides an overview of our proprietary Climate Change Impact (CCI) score, complete with portfolio examples to illustrate the scoring system in practice.
SDG Engagement High Yield Credit: 2021 Annual Report
Our 2021 Annual Report outlines how the SDG Engagement High Yield Credit strategy delivered on its colinear objectives: strong financial performance for investors, and future, positive social and environmental impact contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Do sustainability-linked bonds have a step-up problem?
Sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) have grown rapidly since 2019 but the market’s preferred method for punishing companies that miss sustainability targets is flawed, argues Mitch Reznick, Federated Hermes Head of Sustainable Fixed Income.