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    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
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    Evaluating Senator Warren's Social Security Reform Plan

    This brief paper outlines Senator Warren's reform plan and evaluates its actuarial, macroeconomic and distributional impacts.

    September 2019
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    Trade War Chicken: The Tariffs and the Damage Done

    Based on simulations of the Moody's Analytics model of the global economy, this paper examines the consequences for the U.S. and global economies in different scenarios regarding how the trade war between the U.S. and China will unfold.

    September 2019
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    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
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    The Next Recession

    Recession risks are uncomfortably high and rising, as President Trump continues to pursue his trade war with China.

    September 2019
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    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
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    Tip of the Iceberg: The Global Ramifications of a China Debt Crisis

    A hard landing in China remains a looming threat to the global economy and especially to the rest of Asia. This paper considers the consequences of a China debt crisis for the Chinese and global economies, with a special focus on Southeast Asia and emerging markets.

    August 2019
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    A Comparative Analysis of Household Credit Data From the New York Fed and Moody's Analytics

    The importance of accurate and timely data on household credit conditions became clear during the global financial crisis. Quickly rising delinquencies and foreclosures should have been a warning to lenders and regulators to significantly tighten the spigot on new lending that was wide open during the pre-crisis boom. However, partially due to data limitations, many financial institutions were surprised by the weakening of household balance sheets. By the time they realized the severity of the problem, it was too late to act.

    August 2019
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    The use of carrier approximation methods for projected capital metrics with an application to the IFRS 17 risk adjustment.

    In this paper we explore the use of the carrier approximation for the multi-year projection of risk and capital metrics. Through an annuity book run-off case study we outline the key factors influencing the performance of the carrier method when applied to the projected IFRS 17 risk adjustment and the projected Solvency II solvency capital ratio (SCR).

    August 2019
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    Weekly Market Outlook: Lowest Investment-Grade Industrial Company Bond Yields since 1956

    The latest rally by Treasury bonds drove Moody's long-term industrial company bond yields down to new 63-year lows. On August 14, the single-A industrial company bond yield closed at 3.30% and the Baa industrial yield ended at 4.08%.

    August 2019
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    Asia Economic Outlook: Navigating Uncertainty

    The global economy is navigating troubled waters. The unresolved and significant geopolitical risks plaguing the global economy are exacerbating the slowdown in demand.

    August 2019