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The Essential Podcast from S&P Global is dedicated to sharing essential intelligence with those working in and affected by financial markets. Host Nathan Hunt focuses on those issues of immediate importance to global financial markets – macroeconomic trends, the credit cycle, climate risk, energy transition, and global trade – in interviews with subject matter experts from around the world.

Aug 5, 2020

Sudeep Kesh and Robert Schulz of S&P Global Ratings explain the complexities of corporate credit markets. Lower for longer interest rates, the search for yield, a false binary of investment grade versus speculative grade, and a global pandemic have all conspired to lead to a challenging environment for...


Jul 23, 2020

How did a small town in Oklahoma and a group of inexperienced oil traders nearly sink the U.S. oil market and drive the price of oil to a point where it was cheaper than free? Dave Ernsberger and Richard Swann of S&P Global Platts join the Essential Podcast to explain what went wrong on April 20th and how a new...


Jul 14, 2020

Derided, doubted, and now celebrated—an old solution to fossil fuels has become the fuel of tomorrow. Simon Thorne and Roman Kramarchuk of S&P Global Platts explain the practicalities and obstacles for hydrogen as an energy carrier. 


Jul 9, 2020

Fiona Boal, Global Head of Commodities & Real Assets at S&P Dow Jones Indices, discusses the performance of gold through the crisislooking specifically at gold supply, gold demand, and how "the currency of last resort" has appealed to investors over the past six months.


Jun 30, 2020

As knowledge-workers around the world have converted to work-from-home models, the costs and challenges of large cities are being re-evaluated. What factors are driving de-urbanization, and what are the countervailing forces that may keep people in cities? James Pomeroy, Global Economist at HSBC, shares perspectives on...