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Kumar Kanthan
Senior Vice President

Sharon Ou
Vice President - Senior Credit Officer

Default & Ratings Analytics

Moody's Default and Ratings Analytics team publishes Moody’s default studies, ratings transitions and ratings performance studies for corporates, financial institutions, sovereign and sub-sovereign, public finance and infrastructure sectors. DRA also publishes impairment and loss studies for structured finance sectors. Additionally, DRA publishes analytical research reports on topics that are of interest to broader fixed-income markets community.​


  • 9 May 2018
    • 2018 default count rises to 33, matching last year’s tally
      There were five defaults of speculative-grade corporate debt issuers in April, bringing the year-to-date total to 33 – exactly the number of defaults that were recorded in the same period a year earlier. Despite the matching totals, the global speculative-grade default rate fell to 3.0% for the trailing 12 months ended in April, down from 3.2% in the prior month.  Full Report
  • 11 Apr 2018
    • Retail defaults reach a record high in the first quarter
      There were nine retailer defaults in the first quarter of 2018, the highest level ever, reflecting the fallout of changing consumer behavior and advancing e-commerce for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.  Full Report
  • 6 Apr 2018
    • Factors differ substantially for corporate defaults in advanced and emerging markets
      While defaults for rated companies in advanced economies accounted for most of the corporate defaults in the past 20 years, advanced-economy and emerging-economy corporate default rates were similar during that period. Where advanced-economy defaults generally resulted from company- and sector-specific catalysts, macro-economic factors more typically drive emerging-economy corporate defaults.   Full Report
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