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  • 27 Jul 2015
    Moody's Investors Service
    Although the government recently made a $120 million interest payment and should make another in August, the real test will come ahead of the September IMF review. If creditors and the government fail to finalize an agreement on private-sector debt relief by then, the government will likely withhold payment when a $500 million bond issued in 2010 matures on 23 September…
  • 27 Jul 2015
    Moody's Investors Service
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will not enforce risk-retention rules on collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) that priced before 24 December 2014 and that refinance after the rules go into effect on 24 December 2016. This development makes it easier for roughly 375 CLOs we rate to refinance their notes, which reduces the coupon on one or more classes of notes without changing other terms of the CLO…
  • 23 Jul 2015
    Moody's Investors Service
    The Fed’s capital surcharge rule, which requires that US global systemically important bank holding companies (GSIBs) hold more equity capital, will lower the risk these firms pose to financial system stability and is positive for their creditors. Meeting the capital requirements, which range from 1% to 4.5% of risk-weighted assets, should be manageable for the eight US GSIBs, reflecting the significant capital buffers these firms have already built...
  • 20 Jul 2015
    Moody's Investors Service
    The strategy will boost the internationalization of the renminbi, help China export overcapacity in industries such as steel and construction, channel investment into the underdeveloped inland and western provinces and provide benefits to certain financial institutions and corporates. However, the initiative will also face various geopolitical and project financing implementation risks, suggesting that it will take some years to gather traction....
  • 22 Jul 2015
    Moody's Investors Service
    The direct impact on financial sector output growth and the indirect effects on consumer spending, employment and corporate investments will be limited. For rated companies, equity capital only accounts for a fraction of corporate funding, and a number of companies have taken advantage of high market valuations to sell stakes and raise equity. Commercial banks’ direct exposure to the domestic equity market activity is low…
Reform and Rebalancing

  • China: Reform and Rebalancing

    The Chinese economy is embarking on a path of rebalancing, defined by a reorientation away from the export and investment-led development model towards a model where consumption gradually becomes a more important engine of growth. This process will be characterized by economic restructuring, policy reform, market liberalization, and credit deceleration, posing both opportunities and challenges for China's credit universe. This page provides a centralized source for Moody's research related to key credit issues in China as the country's rebalancing story unfolds.
  • Euro Area – The Road to Sustainable Growth

    Irrespective of the euro area's emergence from the acute phase of the region's debt crisis in the second half of 2012, economic growth - despite its recent acceleration - has been subdued, reflecting continued large stocks of public debt, restrictive financing conditions and pre-existing long-term structural constraints (including poor demographic prospects). Given these obstacles, as well as the still incomplete nature of the euro area's economic union, the growth model of the European Union and its core, the euro area, continues to face challenges. This page provides a centralized source for Moody's research related to key credit issues concerning these matters.
  • Infrastructure Renewal and Investment

    Global infrastructure financing needs are vast, estimated to be trillions of dollars annually for the foreseeable future. As governments around the world look to secure resources necessary to renew and expand their energy, transportation and other infrastructure assets, they will increasingly look to capital markets and private sector finance to ensure sufficient investment in these vital projects. This page provides a centralized source for Moody’s research related to key credit issues concerning these matters.
  • Environmental Risks and Developments

    Concern over environmental change is leading to significant government policy initiatives globally and rising corporate innovation and investment. This heightened attention will lead to disruptive industry change, shifting investor capital allocation strategies and rising input costs related to increased pricing on carbon emissions and water usage. At the same time, severe environmental events, whether natural (earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts and floods) or man-made (oil spills and nuclear accidents), are of growing concern to many market participants who are concerned natural events are increasing in frequency and severity. This page highlights Moody's research on the credit implications of these developing environmental trends.
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