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  • 1 Sep 2015
    • Speculative-grade corporate default rates in Latin America rose over the past year
      The speculative-grade default rate for Latin American corporates increased to 4.2% in June 2015 from 3.1% in the year-ago period, compared with a global default rate of 2.3%. Eight of the ten defaulting issuers that we rated were domiciled in Brazil. Downgrades exceeded upgrades, with senior unsecured equivalent ratings lowered by 0.19 notches on average. As of June 2015, there were 348 corporate issuers with Moody’s rated debt domiciled in 21 countries in Latin America… Press Release l Full Report
  • 23 Mar 2015
    • Latin American bank debt issuance to decline again in 2015
      Debt issuance by banks throughout the region will decline on a drop in banks’ funding needs resulting from record issuance in 2012 and the weakening of some the region’s largest economies in 2014. Rising domestic interest rates, falling loan growth, the prospect of rising interest rates in the US and Brazil’s Petrobras corruption scandal are also contributing to the ongoing decline…Press Release l Full Report
  • 3 Mar 2015
    • Brazilian banks could face ripple effects from Petrobras’ business partners
      The deepening investigation into an alleged kickback scheme at Petrobras has triggered concerns for Brazilian banks with exposures not only to the state-controlled oil company, but also to its suppliers, as well as the broader oil and gas sector and the construction sector. The risks are greatest for Brazil’s public banks, since the government could compel them to offer the sector support to prevent a credit crunch…Press Release l Full Report
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