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18 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

While increased usage of cryptocurrencies can facilitate faster transactions for households and increase financial inclusion, it also entails significant risks for emerging markets in particular. These include operational risks (cyber and fraud), reduced government control over monitoring the financial system and increased ability to circumvent capital controls.

16 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

US high-yield bond and loan issuance has fallen sharply since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as investors turn more risk averse. While private credit lenders have an increasingly important funding role for leveraged middle market companies, the relationship with their private equity-backed portfolio companies is less transparent. Better terms among private credit lenders can also mask underlying risk.

17 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created new stresses for emerging market banks just as economic conditions were starting to recover post-pandemic. Some banking sectors will be harder hit than others.

16 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

Almost a quarter of emerging market companies’ credit quality would be at risk if the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalated, with consumer sectors most exposed and commodity producers set to benefit.

23 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

Both public pension funds and insurance companies have aggressively invested in private equity and private credit in search of returns, and, in the case of public pension funds, to reduce state and local governments’ reported liabilities. However, public pension funds have increased their investment risk to a level that exceeds that of insurance companies, which instead have altered products and pricing rather than rely heavily on risky private assets.

18 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

As mental health and substance abuse problems grow sharply in the US, insurance analyst Dean Ungar explains how US health insurers are trying to break down the wall between medical health and mental health and better integrate the latter into their operations. Also in this episode, insurance analysts Frank Yuen, Soichiro Makimoto and Qian Zhu discuss updates to capital regimes in Asia-Pacific, and what it means for insurers in Hong Kong, SAR, Japan and mainland China.

23 May 2022|Moody's Investors Service

Our ESG team looks at how nature is declining faster than at any time in human history – increasing pressure on natural capital resources and raising important credit risk implications globally for governments, companies and financial institutions.

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Moody's Credit Outlook

US legislation to ban ransom payments shows states' support fighting cyber crime

Expedia's $1 billion debt repayment is credit positive

Poland's support package for retail borrowers is credit negative for banks

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Weekly Market Outlook

Inflation surprises hurt

We preview economic reports and forecasts from the US, UK/Europe, and Asia/Pacific regions

A credit negative week in U.S. changes

Source: Moody's Analytics