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Applications of Alternative Data in Credit Decisioning

With an immense amount of available data generated worldwide within the last two years, the next evolution of banking analytics will include information from a variety of open and closed sources.

April 2018 WebPage Eric Bao, Irina Korablev, Rama Sankisa, Dr. Janet Zhao

Credit Risk Management for Renewables Energy Project Finance

Global resources are finite – but human resourcefulness is not. Renewable sources of energy are steadily increasing their share of the world's energy market, creating a wide range of project finance opportunities, each of which must be carefully evaluated. This article examines these energy technologies and presents a methodology for assessing the associated credit risks.

April 09, 2018 Pdf
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Weekly Market Outlook: Debt-to-Profits Outperforms Debt-to-GDP

In 2017's final quarter, the 7.7% yearly advance by nonfinancial-corporate profits from current production outran the accompanying 6.6% increase of nonfinancial-corporate debt. The record shows that if pretax operating profits continue to outpace corporate debt, corporate credit quality will improve. The correlation between the high-yield default rate's quarter-long average and the yearlong ratio of debt-tooperating profits for US nonfinancial corporations is a meaningful 0.82.

March 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Kathryn Asher, Michael Ferlez, Thomas Nichols, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Katrina Ell
FAQ

CECL Modelling FAQs

The FASB's current expected credit loss (CECL) standard requires timely, forward-looking measurement of lifetime risk using credible models. Moody's Analytics answers leading questions from your peers related to modeling challenges for CECL implementation.

March 2018 Pdf
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CECL Data FAQs

The FASB's current expected credit loss (CECL) standard requires a significant amount of historical data for forward-looking measurement of lifetime risk. Moody's Analytics answers leading questions from your peers related to data challenges for CECL implementation.

March 2018 Pdf
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CECL Forecasts and Economic Scenarios FAQs

FASB's current expected credit loss (CECL) standard requires timely, forward-looking measurement of lifetime risk using "reasonable and supportable" forecasts. Moody's Analytics answers leading questions from your peers related to the forward-looking elements of CECL implementation.

March 2018 Pdf
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Foreign Investors Ease Burden of U.S.' Elevated Leverage

Perceived economic and political risks drove share prices sharply lower on March 22. Markets are beginning to ask whether companies will be capable of passing on higher costs to the U.S.' less than financially robust middle class. The U.S.' still relatively low personal savings rate questions how easily consumers will absorb recent and any forthcoming price hikes. Moreover, the recent slide by Moody's industrial metals price index amid dollar exchange rate weakness hints of a leveling off of global business activity.

March 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Default Rate Defies Record Ratio of Corporate Debt to GDP

Never before have the high-yield bond spread and default rate been so low amid a new record high ratio of U.S. corporate debt to GDP. In terms of a moving yearlong average, U.S. nonfinancial-corporate debt finished 2017 at an unprecedented 45.4% of U.S. nominal GDP. Nevertheless, not only was the U.S.' high-yield default rate of Q4-2017 at a below-trend 3.3%, but the accompanying average high-yield bond spread of 363 basis points reflected expectations of an even lower default rate nine to twelve months hence. Moody's Default Research Group expects the default rate to approximate 2% during early 2019.

March 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Internal Funds Outrun Corporate Debt by Widest Margin Since 2011

Lately, financial markets have grudgingly withstood the broad imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum. Not even the resignation of the highly respected Gary Cohn was capable of triggering a jarring sell-off of equities. Markets took some comfort from President Trump's indication that countries might be granted exemptions from the tariffs if they resolve issues that led to the imposition of tariffs.

March 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Anna Zabrodzka, Katrina Ell
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Tariffs Warn of Even Faster Price Inflation and Slower Growth

February was a stormy month for financial markets. Worse yet, March got off to a horrible start in response to President Trump's intention to impose import tariffs of 10% on aluminum and 25% on steel despite how costlier aluminum and steel will diminish the global competitiveness of those U.S. manufacturers using these materials. Remember, after having incurred back-to-back monthly setbacks in January and February, auto sales were expected to decline in 2018 prior to the statement on tariffs.

March 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell, Veasna Kong
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The Transition to CECL: Survey Results

In 2017, Moody's Analytics surveyed U.S. firms on their prepardness for CECL. We asked questions from gap analysis, data gathering, model and methodology selection, reasonable and supportable forecasts, to workflow automation. Read more to hear what your peer firms have to say about their current efforts and ability to meet the new CECL standard.

February 2018 Pdf
Webinar-on-Demand

The Transition to CECL: Economic Impact, Part 1

In this video webcast, we identify the critical components needed for a successful CECL implementation and the new considerations it also brings.

February 2018 WebPage Dr. Cristian deRitis, Michael Gullette, Masha Muzyka
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Borrowing Restraint Elsewhere Makes Room for Federal Debt Surge

Partly as a means of offsetting the loss of business activity to deleveraging by households, businesses, as well as state and local governments, the federal government's share of the U.S.' broadest estimate of public and private nonfinancial-sector debt has soared from year-end 2007's 18% to the 34% of 2017's third quarter. The latter share is the highest since 1960's third quarter.

February 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Webinar-on-Demand

2018 Ag Markets and the Potential Impact to Your Portfolio

What can Ag lenders do to prepare for this renewal season and provide borrowers with more “value-added” insights?

February 2018 WebPage Doug Johnson, Mike Pearson
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Declining Default Rate Offsets Drag of Higher Interest Rates

Corporate bond yield spreads have been relatively steady throughout recent equity market tumult. Expectations of a declining high-yield default rate into early 2019 have anchored corporate yield spreads.

February 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell
Interview

Regulatory Constraints: How Increased Requirements Are Evolving CPM

Amnon Levy, managing director and head of portfolio and balance sheet research at Moody's Analytics, discusses the evolving expectations of institutions for credit portfolio management, as well as how it is being altered and adapted amid greater impact from new regulatory and technological advancements.

February 2018 Pdf Dr. Amnon Levy
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Corporate Bonds Beg to Differ With Their Equity Brethren

Thus far, the corporate credit market has been relatively steady amid equity market turmoil. Corporate credit's comparative calm stems from expectations of continued profit growth that underpins a still likely slide by the high-yield default rate. The record shows that 90% of the year-to-year declines by the default rate were joined by year-to-year growth for the market value of U.S. common stock.

February 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Higher Yields and Lower Equities Might Yet Swell Credit Risk

It has been a volatile week for financial markets. After shrugging off an earlier ascent by the 10-year Treasury yield from year-end 2017's 2.41% to January 26's 2.66% and advancing by 7.1%, the market value of U.S. common stock has since sunk by 1.6% in reaction to a climb by the 10-year Treasury yield to 2.77%. The deeper post-January 26 drop of 3.7% by the interest-sensitive PHLX index of housing-sector share prices underscores the importance of higher Treasury bond yields to the latest retreat by equities. Earlier, or from year-end 2017 through January 26, the index of housing sector share prices was up by 4.9%, which trailed the accompanying advance by the overall equity market.

February 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Anna Zabrodzka, Katrina Ell
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: High-Yield Bond Issuance Thrives Despite Tax Law Changes

Some predicted that the loss of the full deductibility of business interest expense would weigh heavily on the issuance of dollar-denominated high-yield bonds. However, corporate bond issuance has exceeded expectations thus far in 2018.

January 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Reka Sulyok, Faraz Syed, Katrina Ell
Article

Dynamic Model-Building: A Proposed Variable Selection Algorithm

In this article, we propose an innovative algorithm that is well suited to building dynamic models for credit and market risk metrics, consistent with regulatory requirements around stress testing, forecasting, and IFRS 9.

Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Surging Equities and Thinner Spreads Favor Higher Treasury Yields

Earnings-sensitive securities have thrived thus far in 2018. Not only was the market value of U.S. common stock recently up by 4.5% since year-end 2017, but a composite high-yield bond spread narrowed by 23 basis points to 336 bp. The latter brings attention to how the accompanying composite speculative-grade bond yield fell from year-end 2017's 5.82% to a recent 5.72% despite the 5-year Treasury yield's increase from 2.21% to 2.39%, respectively.

January 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Alaistair Chan, Katrina Ell
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Stocks and Spreads May Transcend Higher Treasury Yields

Markets now focus on early 2018's climb by Treasury bond yields to heights last observed in March 2017. Though the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed from year-end 2017's 2.41% to a recent 2.55%, the latter resembles the 2.6% average predicted for 2018's first quarter by the Blue Chip Financial consensus of late December 2017. Moreover, the 10-year Treasury yield still lags its 2.74% average of the six-monthsended March 2014 that coincided with the taper tantrum.

January 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Kathryn Asher, Reka Sulyok, Alaistair Chan, Katrina Ell
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Profits Growth and Benign Default Outlook May Offset Higher Interest Rates

Corporate bonds and equities got out of the gate quickly in 2018. Though benchmark interest rates are likely to climb higher, the combination of corporate earnings growth and a benign outlook for corporate defaults should be enough to prevent a deep and extended slide by share prices. Except for late 1987's stock market crash, the historical record shows that since 1982, interest-rate inspired declines by the broad equity indices have been relatively brief and shallow.

January 2018 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Ryan Sweet, Suzanne Schatz, Reka Sulyok, Katrina Ell
Webinar-on-Demand

Ag Renewals in 2018 – Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

Agriculture renewals in 2018 are presenting some major concerns for banks and producers alike. Moody's Analytics is hosting a special, client only webinar to help prepare for the upcoming renewal season.

December 2017 WebPage Doug Johnson
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Benign Credit Outlook Comes With Blemishes

No forecast is free of downside risks. In a manner that is consistent with (1) the recent increase in the incidence of high-yield credit rating downgrades relative to upgrades and (2) a roughly unchanged reading for the average high-yield EDF (expected default frequency) metric since the EDF's month-long average last bottomed in February 2017, Moody's Default Research Group upwardly revised its projected U.S. high-yield default rates for each of the 11 months ended October 2018 by 24 basis points (bp), on average. For example, the projected average default rate for 2018's third quarter was raised from the 2.14% of the November 2017 forecast to 2.40% as of December's projection.

December 2017 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Kristopher Cramer, Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Whitepaper

Maximize Efficiency: How Automation Can Improve Your Loan Origination Process

In this paper, we outline the challenges of traditional lending practices and examine each stage of the credit process to see how automation can improve and standardize underwriting procedures.

December 2017 Pdf Doug Peterson
Whitepaper

Redefining Loan Monitoring and Early Warning Signal Detection Through an Integrated Solution

In this paper, we explore what monitoring lenders routinely undertake, why it is so difficult and what new technology tools are at their disposal to improve the process, and show how better monitoring can lead to better risk management and lower portfolio losses.

December 2017 Pdf Hichem Kerma
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: Dangers Lurk Amid 2018's Positive Outlook

Earnings-sensitive markets thrived in 2017. Though late 2016's outlook for 2017's pretax operating profits proved to be fairly accurate, the market value of U.S. common stock still soared higher by 18% to a new record high. Several developments explained why the market value of common equity outran the growth of core profits in 2017. First, the market strongly believes in the efficacy of forthcoming tax law changes and has effectively shrugged off whatever harmful effects may arise from a wider federal budget deficit. Moreover, a recent study from Moody's Investors Service concludes that while most US companies will be better off following the enactment of corporate tax reform, at least a quarter of highly-leveraged companies will be worse off.

December 2017 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Tomas Holinka , Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Article

Weekly Market Outlook: High-Yield Borrowing May Slow Following 2017's Boom

A fundamentally excessive climb by interest rates is one of the bigger threats to 2018's positive outlook. Lately, financial asset prices have been advancing in response to the expectation that 2018's widely anticipated rise by benchmark borrowing costs will be manageable. In all likelihood, a Powell Fed will avoid taking preemptive action against a hypothetical jump in inflation risks unless the Treasury bond and foreign exchange markets demand otherwise. For now, the latest flattening of the Treasury yield curve reflects increased confidence in the long-term containment of inflation expectations.

December 2017 Pdf John Lonski, Njundu Sanneh, Franklin Kim, Yukyung Choi, Tomas Holinka , Barbara Teixeira Araujo, Katrina Ell, Faraz Syed
Article

The Data Revolution: Gaining Insight from Big and Small Data

In this article, we explore the importance of small data in risk modeling and other applications and explain how the analysis of small data can help make big data analytics more useful.

December 2017 WebPage Dr. Tony Hughes
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