Global Investment Banks
Global Investment Banks have significant capital markets activities and business-model characteristics that can pose unique or pronounced risks to their creditors. Learn more about the trends impacting this group of banks.
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  • SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    23 Feb 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The aggregate adjusted pretax profit of the seven European global investment banks was a modest $9.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. This is down 24% from a year earlier and down 32% from the previous quarter. The yearly decrease reflects the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which drove higher credit impairments.
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    20 Feb 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The five US-based global investment banks reported aggregate pretax profit of $37.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020, up 32% from $27.9 billion in the third quarter and up 25% from $29.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019. Results were aided by reserve releases at four of the five firms.

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    PODCAST
    27 Jan 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    Lan Wang of the Banking team and Lillian Li of the Credit Strategy & Research team discuss why China’s move to open up its domestic financial markets to foreign securities firms potentially benefits all parties, despite operational hurdles. Plus, Marina Cremonese of the Asset Management team joins Lan to talk about the future for asset managers seeking to grow their businesses in China.

    OUTLOOK
    13 Jan 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    Donald Robertson and Ana Arsov of the Banking team explain how the lessons global investment banks learned from the financial crisis better prepared them to withstand coronavirus stresses, and how strong capital markets revenue buffered the large loan-loss provisions they booked during 2020. Plus, Mark Wasden and Bruno Baretta of the Banking team explore how coronavirus effects are driving the negative outlook for most global finance companies.
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    KEY CONTACTS
    Ana Arsov
    Managing Director – Financial Institutions
    Ana.Arsov@moodys.com
    Laurie Mayers
    Associate Managing Director – Financial Institutions
    Laurie.Mayers@moodys.com