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  • 20 May 2015
    • Liquidity-Stress Index unchanged as pressures ease in energy sector
      The latest reading of 4.2% indicates that US speculative-grade companies continue to derive fundamental support from healthy balance sheets and low interest rates in a slowly improving economy. Meanwhile, investor appetite for higher-yielding debt remains strong, as evidenced by robust new activity this year…Press Release l Full Report
  • 16 Jan 2015
    • Global speculative-grade default rate ends at 2.1% in fourth quarter
      The trailing 12-month global speculative-grade default rate finished the fourth quarter of 2014 at 2.1%, down from 2.2% in the third quarter. The latest reading came in close to the rating agency’s year-ago forecast of 2.3%. Based on our forecasting model, we now expect the global speculative-grade default rate to increase modestly to 2.7% in 2015… Press Release l Full Report
  • 11 Dec 2014
    • Asian Liquidity Stress Index rises slightly to 21.3%
      The Asian index rose as the net number of rated high-yield companies with our weakest speculative-grade liquidity (SGL-4) scores rose to 27 and the number of rated high-yield companies increased by three to 127. However, the index remains well below the record high of 37.0% reached during the fourth quarter of 2008 amid the global financial crisis… Press Release l Full Report

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