Yukyung is a member of the research team within the Credit Risk Analytics Group at Moody’s Analytics. She focuses on research projects related to fixed income and equity strategies for buy side and other clients. She contributed to developing the CreditEdge Alpha Factor and the firstEDF-based ETF launched by Ossiam. Her expertise is also utilized on other CreditEdge customized projects pertaining to asset managers. In addition, Yukyung is a co-author of various practical research papers. One of her papers was published in the Journal of Fixed Income. Before joining Moody's, Yukyung was at Lehman Brothers as a fixed income strategist in the asset allocation group.

Yukyung started her career as a macro strategist at a pan-Asia hedge fund. She has an M.S. in Statistics from Columbia University.

Published Work
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Weekly Market Outlook: Business Debt's Mild Rise Differs Drastically from 2002-2007's Mortgage Surge

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell recently addressed the issue of business borrowing. In a May 20 speech, Mr. Powell suggested that, by itself, the new record high ratio of nonfinancial-corporate business debt to GDP is much less of a risk to systemic financial liquidity than was home mortgage debt's record high 100% of disposable personal income from 2007.

May 2019
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Weekly Market Outlook: Earnings Slump Would Unmask Dangers of High Leverage

According to the Federal Reserve's “Financial Stability Report” of May 2019, not only has the outstanding debt of nonfinancial businesses outpaced nominal GDP during the past 10 years (or since 2008), but the growth of debt has been skewed toward riskier firms.

May 2019
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Dealing With Fallen Angel Risk

We test the early warning power of the CreditEdge Deterioration Probability (DP) metric for Fallen Angel downgrades.

May 2019
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Weekly Market Outlook: Credit May Again Outshine Equities at Divining Markets' Near-Term Path

During a week of heightened equity market volatility, the corporate credit market was relatively calm. As of May 8's close, the credit market had yet to sense much collateral damage from an intensification of the trade conflict between China and the U.S.

May 2019
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Weekly Market Outlook: Not Even the Great Depression Could Push the Baa Default Rate Above 2%

The now positive trend of Baa-industrial credit rating revisions is nearly diametrically opposed to the negative trend of high-yield rating changes.

May 2019
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Weekly Market Outlook: Benign Default Outlook Implies Profits Will Outrun Corporate Debt

A high ratio of corporate debt to GDP is tolerable as long as a material contraction of core pretax profits is avoided. History shows that the ratio of corporate debt to core pretax profits performs better at explaining high-yield defaults than does the ratio of corporate debt to GDP.

April 2019