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  • 20 Aug 2015
    • Liquidity Stress Index reaches five-year high
      Lower energy prices and a spike in downgrades of speculative-grade energy issuers resulted in the Liquidity Stress and Oil & Gas indices reaching five-year highs of 4.8% and 12.2%, respectively. However, liquidity pressures are not widespread outside of energy with steady cash flows, the slowly improving economy, and ready access to the credit markets continuing to provide fundamental support for US speculative-grade company liquidity... Press Release l Full Report
  • 18 Aug 2015
    • China's exchange rate reform is credit negative for property developers
      The reform is credit negative, given the developers' significant exposure to foreign-currency debt, most of which is in USD. However, most rated developers could withstand up to a 10% depreciation of the RMB without it impacting their credit ratings. Furthermore, other factors could counterbalance the impact, including potential further declines in domestic interest rates.…Press Release l Full Report​​
  • 17 Aug 2015
    • Global spec-grade corporate default rate edged higher in July
      Moody’s trailing 12-month global speculative-grade default rate finished at 2.4% in July, up slightly from 2.3% in June. The oil and gas sector, which saw Lightstream Resources Ltd complete a distressed exchange in July, remains the most troubled, accounting for a quarter of this year’s defaults thus far... Press Release l Full Report

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