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07 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

Rapidly escalating infrastructure needs because of aging systems and growing climate challenges — drought, heat, floods, hurricanes and others — expose municipal water and sewer utilities to substantially increased costs, higher debt loads and rising customer rates.

06 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

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06 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

We expect global trade to grow 7%-9% in 2021, following a 9% contraction in 2020. However, new virus variants and resurgent infections in some regions pose risks to the recovery, and geopolitical tensions are adding to supply disruptions.

10 Mar 2021|Moody's Corporation

Moody’s ESG Solutions Group today announced the launch of Climate Solutions, a comprehensive product suite that provides market participants with enhanced risk measurement and evaluation tools to better understand, quantify and manage climate risks and opportunities.

10 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

Surging demand for homes likely will mean record revenue for US homebuilders this year, up 20%-22% from a strong 2020. Homebuilders' pricing power is exceeding our expectations, with gross margins climbing despite significantly higher input costs. Solid market fundamentals indicate demand growth beyond 2021, though at a more moderate level.

05 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

A number of sovereigns’ creditworthiness is vulnerable to physical climate risk, particularly for emerging markets with climate-dependent economic structures and low-quality infrastructure and healthcare systems. Many have begun to take measures to increase climate resiliency, but fiscal and institutional constraints may slow adaptation efforts.

04 May 2021|Moody's Investors Service

Defaults among rated nonfinancial companies in emerging markets reached an all-time high of 28 in 2020 and were distributed across multiple countries and sectors. Our default forecast model projects that emerging market default rates will fall gradually over the course of this year as economic activity gradually rebounds.

Source: Moody's Investors Service
Moody's Credit Outlook

Progressive reopening will add momentum to a healing US labor market

Defaults and recoveries: COVID-19 one year on, global infrastructure proves its resilience

Despite post-pandemic consumption bump, slowing population growth will constrain longer-term growth

Source: Moody's Investors Service
Weekly Market Outlook

Bond Market and the Booming Economy

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U.S. Upgrades Account for 70% of Changes; European Volume Slows

Source: Moody's Analytics