Coronavirus Effects
The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting economies and credit markets worldwide. The impact on issuers’ credit profiles and the economy will depend on the severity and duration of the crisis.
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  • SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    13 Jan 2021|Moody's Investors Service
    The size and scope of environmental measures in pandemic relief packages vary significantly across Asia-Pacific, with wealthier economies better able to absorb the costs. Green stimulus will be credit positive for utilities, construction companies and battery manufacturers, while creating credit challenges for oil refiners and operators of captive coal power plants.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    17 Dec 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Issuers with lower credit quality in consumer-sensitive sectors and those with weak liquidity would be most vulnerable in a scenario of broadly renewed global coronavirus lockdowns that are similar to those in the spring in terms of stringency and effects on economic growth. 

    OUTLOOK
    17 Nov 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Transit systems face continued financial stress and operating challenges caused by historically low ridership, weak tax revenue and restrained government funding. Ridership will grow in 2021 but remain well below levels necessary to balance budgets and generate strong political and public support for increased state and local subsidies.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    24 Nov 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Governments with constrained fiscal capacity have limited scope to address widening income gaps, which could lead to social and political strains, and tough policy choices.
    SECTOR COMMENT
    23 Nov 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    We answer frequently asked questions about how vaccine approval and distribution will affect the global economic environment, the challenges in achieving mass vaccination and how vaccine availability will affect the recovery path of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy.

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    PODCAST
    16 Nov 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Analysts Sarah Carlson, Eugene Tarzimanov and Carolina Chimenti discuss the 2021 credit outlook for sovereigns, banks and companies across emerging market countries. The wide-ranging effects of the coronavirus will continue to be a dominant credit theme, along with still-weak tourism prospects, low oil prices and the rollback of forbearance and fiscal support in a number of countries.​​

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    PODCAST
    08 Oct 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Atsi Sheth and Robard Williams from the Credit Strategy & Research team discuss the credit effects of key policy challenges that will confront the next US presidential administration, and the uncertainties surrounding the election. >> Read the related report
    Series: Credit After Covid
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    30 Oct 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The pandemic leaves municipalities with competing funding priorities and challenges: a growing need to address climate change and greater demand for more spending in areas such as social services even as budget austerity and recession constrain revenue-raising options such as tax increases.  
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    27 Oct 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The pandemic is likely to lead to global trade fragmentation, disrupting supply chains and trade flows, and affecting public finance sectors through a variety of channels.
    The pandemic will compound and accelerate key global trends.