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    Yukyung Choi

    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.

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    Published Work

    Weekly Market Outlook: VIX, EDF and National Activity Index Go Far at Explaining the High-Yield Spread

    There is no one way of statistically explaining the bond yield spreads of high-yield corporate bonds. However, one of the better approaches employs a multi-variable regression model and generates a highly significant adjusted r-square statistic of 0.89.

    October 2019

    Weekly Market Outlook: Abundant Liquidity Suppresses Defaults

    Nothing quite increases the risk of debt repayment like a drop in the income that funds the servicing of outstanding debt.

    September 2019

    Weekly Market Outlook: Cheap Money in Action

    The corporate bond market has proven to be resilient amid recent equity market volatility. Moreover, despite a slew of bearish headlines, the market value of U.S. common stock's latest low of August 14 was still a huge 20.8% above its low of December 24, 2018, while August 2019's month-long average of 19.0 points for the VIX was well under the 25.0 points of December 2018.

    September 2019

    Weekly Market Outlook: Bond Implied Ratings Hint of More Fallen-Angel Downgrades

    On September 9, the senior unsecured bond rating of Ford Motor was lowered from Baa3 to Ba1, where the downgrade constituted a ratings reduction from investment- to speculative-grade (or high-yield). Because investor mandates often prohibit the inclusion of high-yield bonds in investment-grade portfolios, such a downgrade can quickly lower the prices of adversely affected bonds.

    September 2019

    Weekly Market Outlook: Leading Credit-Risk Indicator Signals A Rising Default Rate

    The month-long average for the expected default frequency metric of U.S./Canadian high-yield issuers climbed from August 2018's 2.38% and July 2019's 4.16% to 4.59% in August.

    September 2019

    Weekly Market Outlook: Upon Further Review, Aggregate Financial Metrics Worsen

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently lowered its estimates of corporate profits for 2017 and 2018. The downward revision of nonfinancial-corporate profits mostly stemmed from a major upward revision of employee compensation costs and a slight downward revision of nonfinancial-corporate gross value added, where GVA is a proxy for revenues net of non-labor costs.

    August 2019