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Kumar Kanthan
Senior Vice President

Sharon Ou
Vice President - Senior Credit Officer

Default & Ratings Analytics

Moody's Default and Ratings Analytics team publishes Moody’s default studies, ratings transitions and ratings performance studies for corporates, financial institutions, sovereign and sub-sovereign, public finance and infrastructure sectors. DRA also publishes impairment and loss studies for structured finance sectors. Additionally, DRA publishes analytical research reports on topics that are of interest to broader fixed-income markets community.​


  • 12 Jun 2018
    • Global default rate falls to 3.1% in May
      We expect the global default rate to continue to trend lower, reflecting low unemployment, narrow high-yield spreads and economic growth in most countries around the world. Full Report ​​​​​​
  • 25 May 2018
    • High corporate leverage signals future credit stress even as the default rate remains low
      A prolonged environment of low growth and low interest rates has triggered striking changes in nonfinancial corporate credit quality. The record number of highly leveraged companies has set the stage for a particularly large wave of defaults when the next period of broad economic stress eventually arrives.  Full Report​​ ​
  • 9 May 2018
    • 2018 default count rises to 33, matching last year’s tally
      There were five defaults of speculative-grade corporate debt issuers in April, bringing the year-to-date total to 33 – exactly the number of defaults that were recorded in the same period a year earlier. Despite the matching totals, the global speculative-grade default rate fell to 3.0% for the trailing 12 months ended in April, down from 3.2% in the prior month.  Full Report
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