A study of company annual reports and earnings call transcripts published in 2022 reveals that the Sentiment dipped during the year, in sync with trends visible from the OECD Business Confidence Index. Ukraine was among the key countries discussed, with growth in mentions, amidst geopolitical tensions. Mentions of Russia, Israel, the United States, and Brazil also increased. Singapore and India emerged as countries with positive sentiment.
A detailed understanding of the various trends and signals in AR 2022:
Carbon Capture & Storage, Metaverse, and Cryptocurrencies emerged as trending themes with high growth in mentions. Mentions of Blockchain and Batteries also increased during the year. Companies saw an increase in the share of macroeconomic-related risk mentions in risk discussions. Discussions around Inflation, Slowdown, Recession, Shortages, and Supply Chain were trending in 2022. Geopolitics, Innovation, and Cloud remained key themes for the Technology industry. Key Risks in the Pharma industry were Legal & IPR, Regulatory & Compliance, Supply Chain, Product & Service, IT Failure & Data Breach risks were trending in 2022, with an increased share of risk mentions. Key Risks in the Consumer Industry were Liquidity, Supply Chain, Labor & Other Staffing, Regulatory & Compliance, and Inventory risks were trending in 2022, with an increased share of risk mentions.
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