In this webinar, we will use Moody’s Analytics EDF metrics to assess the impact COVID-19 has had so far on corporate credit risk.
We highlight company-, industry-, and country-level dimensions, including both risks and opportunities. In terms of investment ideas, we show that low default risk bonds, and the stocks of low default risk firms, have strongly outperformed during the international phase of the pandemic, consistent with a “flight to credit quality”. Finally, we examine the effects of a pandemic macroeconomic scenario to show which countries and industries could be most at risk going forward.
- Sam Malone PhD, Senior Director-Research
- Glenn Levine, Director-Research
- Yukyung Choi, Associate Director-Senior Research Analyst
- Ryan Donahue, Assistant Director-Product Strategist
This case study uses Moody’s PortfolioStudio™ to analyze the credit risk of a sample portfolio of corporate bonds and private debt holdings.
High-yield corporate bond issuance had a strong start to the year, due to growing expectations for the U.S. economy to take off coupled with tight credit spreads and less perceived credit risk.
The secular decline by Treasury bond yields since 1982 has been accompanied by a secular climb in the ratio of private and public nonfinancial-sector debt to GDP.
High yield bond issuance and newly rated loans from high-yield issuers have soared thus far in 2021.
Monetary and fiscal stimuli seem to be surfacing here, there, and everywhere.
Weekly Market Outlook: Real GDP Growth's Biggest Improvement since 1950 May Power 2021's Profits Growth
Each noteworthy deterioration of U.S. corporate credit quality since 1982 was accompanied by a significant contraction of yearlong core pretax profits, where the latter is supplied by the National Income Product Accounts of the U.S.
Both the average expected default frequency metric of U.S./Canadian issuers and first-quarter 2021's credit rating revisions of U.S. high-yield issuers favor a renewed narrowing of the high-yield bond spread.
Weekly Market Outlook: Stocks and High-Yield Performed Well Amid Prior Upturns by Treasury Bond Yields
How did financial markets fare during the four previous distinct upturns by Treasury bond yields since December 2008's Great Recession bottom for the 10-year Treasury yield?
Following the recessions of 1990-1991, 2001, and 2008-2009, the U.S. high-yield default rate peaked at June 1991's 12.3%, January 2002's 11.1%, and November 2009's 14.7%.