August 8th, 2019 (8.32mins)
Al Medioli and David Strungis of the Ratings Process and Oversight team discuss the contrast between the few defaults in public finance with Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy-like proceedings, which promise to have major ripple effects across municipal finance.
June 28th 2019 (9.25mins)
In this edition of Moody’s Talks Public Finance, Associate Managing Director Susan Fitzgerald and Assistant Vice President Chris Collins discuss our annual medians reports for US public and private universities. Expense growth continues to top revenue growth for both types of universities. Cash flow, however, remains steady for public universities, while fundraising is a strength for private universities.
June 13th 2019 (7.14mins)
In this edition of Moody’s Talks Public Finance, Florence Zeman, associate managing director for the US housing team, and Rachael McDonald, vice president and senior credit officer, discuss how housing finance agencies are addressing affordable housing challenges.
May 24h 2019 (5.51mins)
In this episode of Moody’s Talks, Nick Samuels and Emily Raimes of the US States team discuss how well prepared US states are to weather a new recession. Preparedness is stronger for 22 states and weaker for two, according to our scenario analysis, and most states will be able to manage a recession without much adverse credit impact.
May 16th 2019 (8.32mins)
In this episode of Moody’s Talks, Managing Director Alexandra Parker and Assistant Vice President Frank Mamo of the US Local Government team discuss how agriculture has been a long-standing economic asset for many local governments, providing reliable property tax revenues for decades. Climate risk looms, however, as an increased frequency of extreme weather events could harm farm productivity.
February 5, 2019(7.49mins)
In this edition of Moody’s Talks … Naomi Richman, Senior Vice President in the US Public Finance group, and Alexandra Parker, Managing Director in US Public Finance, discuss the credit implications of fixed costs — debt service, pensions and retiree healthcare — on state and local governments.
November 2nd 2018 (7:51 mins)
In this inaugural edition of Moody’s Talks US Public Finance, Managing Director Alexandra Parker and Senior Vice President Naomi Richman discuss the credit implications of changing demographics in public finance, focusing on four principal factors: Age of population, labor force participation, urbanization and income distribution.