Views and perceptions of financial analysts during the global COVID-19 pandemic

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Author(s)

  • Alexander Bassen
  • Othar Kordsachia
  • Kerstin Lopatta
  • Thomas Tammen
  • Ernst-Kenji Alexander

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationJournal of Sustainable Finance & Investment
Online published9 Dec 2022
Publication statusOnline published - 9 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

We conduct a survey with financial analysts to shed light on the question of how they derived their firm evaluations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides insights into the ‘black-box’ of financial analysts’ assessments across various salient forecast determinants. We compare the results with responses from the investor relations (IR) departments of the firms covered by the analysts in our study and point out similarities and differences in the respective assessments. Finally, we conduct in-depth interviews with analysts to further enrich and discuss our qualitative findings. One main takeaway of our study is that analysts expect that the pandemic will accelerate the inclusion of sustainability information in company evaluations. Yet, they also agree that financial factors were of predominant concern for their forecasts at the onset of the pandemic. Our results contribute to the inconclusive literature on the financial materiality of Corporate Social Responsibility during this recent crisis period. © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Research Area(s)

  • COVID-19, CSR, financial analysts, investor relations

Citation Format(s)

Views and perceptions of financial analysts during the global COVID-19 pandemic. / Bassen, Alexander; Kordsachia, Othar; Lopatta, Kerstin et al.
In: Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 09.12.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review