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Moody's Talks - Focus on Finance

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Hosted by Danielle Reed of Moody's Financial Institutions team, Focus on Finance helps you keep on top of developments within the banking, insurance and asset management sectors — from the impact of tech disrupters and cyber risk to the ongoing effects of ESG and lower-for-longer interest rates. Published by Moody's Investors Service.
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Blockchain, unchained: Institutional adoption is a leading indicator of blockchain expansion

Yuval Rooz, CEO of Digital Asset, shares his thoughts on the present and future use cases of blockchain technology at global financial institutions.Speakers: Cristiano Ventricelli, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Ratings; Yuval Rooz, CEO, Digital AssetHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Ratings
6/26/202429 minutes, 12 seconds
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Insurers’ allocations to private credit will grow in all regions

We discuss how differences in regional regulatory regimes and market structures affect life insurers’ allocations to private credit investments, and lay out those investments’ benefits and risks.Speakers: Benjamin Serra, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Ratings; Will Keen-Tomlinson, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated research:Life Insurance – Cross Region: Regulation contributes to material differences in private credit allocationInsurance-Global: Insurers’ growing private credit investment brings more benefits than risks
6/19/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Japan’s regional banks face rate rises; India’s non-bank finance companies see loan growth

Moody’s Ratings analysts explain why Japan’s regional banks are vulnerable to yield-curve steepening and predict strong loan growth, and higher funding costs, for India’s non-bank finance companies.Speakers: Kensuke Ogawa, Analyst, Moody’s Ratings;  C.J. Wong, AVP- Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:Regional banks – Japan: Strong liquidity will mitigate increasing risks from rising ratesNon-bank finance companies – India: Credit fundamentals improving backed by strong economy amid rising funding costs
6/5/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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Credit-risk transfer transactions’ prominence grows as regulations evolve

As the regulatory environment continues to evolve, US and European banks have sought regulatory capital relief by offloading the credit risk of loans they make via special types of transactions.Guests: Warren Kornfeld, Senior Vice President at Moody's Ratings; Nick Monzillo, VP-Senior Analyst at Moody's Ratings; Frank Cerveny, VP-Senior Research Analyst at Moody's RatingsHost: Aaron Johnson, VP-Senior Research Writer at Moody's RatingsRelated reports:Auto ABS - US: Credit-linked notes include risks not seen in typical auto ABS; issuance is risingBanks and Structured Finance – US: Risk transfer gives banks protection, but more capital is better; ABS implications varyBanks and Structured Finance – Europe: Output floor proposal could erode benefits of SRT for regulatory capital and risk management purposes
5/31/202418 minutes, 16 seconds
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Deepfakes pose real credit risk to corporations, financial institutions and governments

We talk to Joe Lyons of Bitsight about the growing risk from deepfakes in the age of GenAI. Speakers: Joe Lyons, VP, Cyber Risk & Ratings Research, Bitsight;  Abhi Srivastava, AVP-Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research: Digital Economy – Cross Region: GenAI-powered deepfakes introduce new and transformed credit risks
5/29/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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Shift to T+1 settlement has near-term risks, long-term benefits for US securities sector

Shortening the settlement cycle is a complex undertaking for a clearing house and its members, but once the transition is complete, it will reduce counterparty risk.Speakers: Peter Nerby, Senior Vice President, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:Exchanges & Clearing Houses – North America: Shift to T+1 settlement has near-term risks for securities firms but will benefit financial markets
5/22/202411 minutes, 3 seconds
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As individual investors drive growth in private markets, risks also rise

Alternative asset managers seek removal of barriers to private markets for individual investors. Regulators are supportive but also wary of potential dangers.Speakers: Alexandra Aspioti, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:As individual investors drive growth in private markets, risks also rise
5/15/20247 minutes, 5 seconds
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US homeowners insurers raise prices as inflation and weather-related losses take a toll

Companies have responded to weather-related losses and higher reconstruction costs with sharp increases in premiums and tighter policy terms, and some have exited high-risk regions.Speakers: Evelyn Ocas Salazar, AVP Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:Property & Casualty Insurance – US: Homeowners insurers aim to boost profits as weather-related losses, inflation take toll
5/8/20248 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tokenization is bridging traditional and digital finance

Anthony Moro, CEO of Provenance Blockchain Foundation, joins us to talk about the technology and infrastructure developments shaping the future of financial asset tokenization.Speakers: Rajeev Bamra, SVP and Head of Strategy, Moody’s Ratings; Anthony Moro, CEO, Provenance Blockchain FoundationHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:As popularity of tokenization platforms grows, so do risks to investors​​MAS initiatives will advance asset tokenization, digital money transactions​​​
4/24/202427 minutes, 28 seconds
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Green finance takes on greenwashing

Moody’s analysts explore green finance, discussing greenwashing risk, the EU green loan market, and how clear standards and rules – and blockchain technology – could play a positive role.Speakers: Michael Dion, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Ratings; Alberto Postigo, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Ratings; Abhi Srivastava, AVP Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research:Asset Managers – Global: Despite growing regulation, greenwashing is a persistent riskBanking – Europe: Proposed green loan definition to support banks' alignment with climate targetsDigital Finance – Cross Region: Blockchain can bring rigor and efficiency to ESG management, data and reporting
4/17/202419 minutes, 34 seconds
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Basel Endgame will smooth real estate cycles, create opportunities for non-bank lenders

Basel 3.1 reforms will lead banks to apply high haircuts to unsustainably high property values and adjust mortgage risk weights to better differentiate between low-risk and high-risk loans.Speakers: Alexander Zeidler, VP-Sr Credit Officer at Moody's Ratings; Guillaume Lucien-Baugas, VP-Senior Analyst at Moody's RatingsHosts: Aaron Johnson, VP-Senior Research Writer at Moody's Ratings; Danielle Reed, VP-Senior Research Writer at Moody's Ratings
4/10/202413 minutes, 38 seconds
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Banks and financial regulators work to stay ahead of rising cyber threats

As cyberattacks rise and AI poses new dangers, Moody’s analysts discuss banks’ own views of their cybersecurity defenses and explain the EU’s plan to rein in risks from third-party tech providers. Speakers: Lucas Viegas, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Ratings; Brandon O’Halloran, AVP-Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s RatingsRelated Research: Financial Institutions – Europe: Stringent new tech rules for banks and their IT providers will improve cybersecurityFinancial Institutions – Global: 2023 Cyber Survey - Escalating cyberthreats drive up budgets as banks fortify defensesCybersecurity – Cross Region: Generative AI may increase cyber risk rather than lessen itFinancial Institutions – Global: Ransomware attack on ICBC FS highlights cyber risks to the financial system
4/3/202418 minutes, 10 seconds
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Outlook negative for US banks, deteriorating in Europe, mixed in Asia

Our 2024 Banking System Outlooks show more European systems joining the US on negative as economies slow and loan performance weakens. China stays negative, while India is positive.Speakers: Warren Kornfeld, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Ratings; Effie Tsotsani, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Ratings; Juwon Lee, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s RatingsHosts: Carolyn Henson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Myles Neligan, VP- Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Ratings
3/28/202416 minutes, 54 seconds
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Fast Finance: Klarna’s rapid AI boost bodes well for other banks

Swedish lender Klarna’s AI assistant is driving material credit improvement this year. In the US, disclosures from Wells Fargo point to what’s ahead for banks’ commercial real estate loan performance.Speakers: Stephen Tu, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Ratings; Allen Tischler, Senior Vice President, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Ratings
3/20/202410 minutes, 10 seconds
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As growth of private credit in Europe picks up, so does competition from banks

Over the next several years private credit in Europe will grow, largely because of companies’ substantial refinancing needs. But banks are already fighting to gain back market share.Speakers: Guillaume Lucien-Baugas, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Ratings; Jeanine Arnold, Senior Vice President, Moody’s RatingsHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Private Credit – Europe: Europe's private credit market will accelerate, along with competition and risk
3/13/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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Convective storms batter US P&C Insurers

We discuss the severe thunderstorms' rising insured costs. Plus: Earnings weakness in the Medicare Advantage business and US commercial real estate exposure of German banks.Speakers:  Bernhard Held, VP-Sr Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Dean Ungar, VP-Sr Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Evelyn Ocas Salazar, AVP-Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Juergen Grieser, Sr Dir Mgr-Analytics & Modeling, Moody’s RMSHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Property & Casualty Insurance – US: Battered by convective storms, carriers seek higher prices, advanced modelsHealth Insurance – US: Medicare Advantage continues to grow, but its profitability is weakeningBanks – Europe: Most EU banks have limited direct exposure to US CRE, German banks are more exposed
2/28/202417 minutes, 54 seconds
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AI's transformation of banking; plus, FHLBank reforms, fallout from Evergrande liquidation

Steve Tu, Farooq Khan and Petr Paklin of Moody's, with Joe Lyons of Bitsight, on how AI will change banks; On Fast Finance, we discuss Evergrande's liquidation and upcoming FHLBank reforms.Speakers:  David Yin, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Allen Tischler, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service; Stephen Tu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Farooq Khan, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Petr Paklin, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Joe Lyons, Senior Director Cyber Risk Quantification & Ratings Research, Bitsight Hosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Carolyn Henson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Property – China: Court order to liquidate China Evergrande will weaken fragile market sentimentBanks – US: FAQ: Initial impact of FHFA reforms of FHLBanks will be less emergency liquidity for troubled banksBanks – Global: Banks are well-placed for substantial efficiency gains with deep AI adoption
2/7/202426 minutes, 35 seconds
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Digital finance slowly advances towards interoperability and standardization

Cristiano Ventricelli explains how recent improvements to digital finance systems could help them gain scale. Plus, we discuss BlackRock’s recent acquisition and the SEC’s approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs.Speakers:  Abhi Srivastava, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Neal Epstein, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Cristiano Ventricelli, VP-Senior AnalystHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Decentralized Finance and Digital Assets – Cross Region: SEC approves spot Bitcoin ETFs, advancing cryptocurrency institutionalizationBlackRock, Inc.: Acquisition of Global Infrastructure Partners is credit positiveDecentralized Finance and Digital Assets – Global - 2024 Outlook: Digital finance slowly, steadily moves toward interoperability, standardization
1/24/202422 minutes, 31 seconds
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Global outlook for non-bank finance companies negative on continued asset quality strains and weak profitability

Our global outlook for the sector remains negative for 2024, but the picture for non-bank finance companies is more varied than a year ago, with easing conditions in some markets and businesses.Speakers: Bruno Baretta, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHost: Michael Porta, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
1/17/202416 minutes, 20 seconds
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Global P&C insurance outlook is negative, global life insurance outlook is stable

Weak results in personal lines drive the negative outlook for property and casualty insurance, while life insurance benefits from higher interest rates.Speakers: Bruce Ballentine, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Christian Badorff, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
1/10/202416 minutes, 14 seconds
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Physical climate risks cloud insurers' risk management; enhanced climate disclosures benefit banks

James Eck and Brandan Holmes explain how rising physical climate-related claims complicate insurers' risk management; Olivier Panis discusses benefits for banks of enhanced climate change reporting.Speakers: Olivier Panis, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service; James Eck, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Brandan Holmes, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Insurance – Global: Rising physical climate risk generates uncertainty, complicates risk managementP&C Insurance and State Government — US: Sharp pricing hikes draw reinsurers to Florida; insurance market strains continueEnhanced climate change reporting will help banks manage risks
12/14/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Banks will feel the squeeze from tight financial conditions, slowing economies in 2024

The boost banks have enjoyed for the last two years will start to fade as high rates translate into higher funding costs and lower growth. But the outlook for banks is not so gloomy everywhere.Speaker: Felipe Carvallo, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHost: Erin McDermott, AVP – Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
12/6/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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China’s aging population poses risks to banks and insurers, but new products could help

Reduced economic growth could lower financial institutions’ profitability, but there are also opportunities to sell retirement products and new forms of insurance.Speakers: Qian Zhu, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Kelvin Kwok, AVP-Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Demographics – China: Aging population, smaller workforce will have broad implications across sectorsLife Insurance – China: Aging population offers growth opportunities, with risks and competitionInsurance – China: Latest policies for health insurance improve diversification but raise underwriting risks
11/15/20239 minutes, 31 seconds
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Rising rates create risks for banks globally, universal banks have sound funding and liquidity

Moody’s analysts discuss how lenders are managing the risks created by the end of the low-interest-rate era, and explore the favorable funding and liquidity characteristics of universal banks.Speakers: Yasuko Nakamura, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Edoardo Calandro, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Carolyn Henson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banking – Global: Interest rates and the banking book: risks and regulationBanks – Cross Region: Universal banks’ superior funding and reserves offset liquid asset encumbrance
11/1/202315 minutes, 50 seconds
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Private lenders pile up cash, compete for LBOs, driving up risk

Private credit lenders built stores of capital that we expect will be put to work competing with banks to fund a new wave of leveraged buyouts. In the first segment of this episode, we discuss LBO competition and the risks it poses. Later, our guest lays out the concentration of private credit among a handful of giant asset managers building their own, largely self-contained lending ecosystems.Guests: Christina Padgett, Associate Managing Director and Sandra Veseli, Managing Director, both from Moody’s Investors Service’s Corporate Finance Group; and Rory Callagy, Associate Managing Director, with Moody’s Financial Institutions Group.Host: Jeff Pruzan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service.To read more on this topic, visit Moodys.com. (Some content available only to registered users or subscribers.)Links:Private Credit – Global: Syndicated and private lenders will spar as LBOs revive, upping systemic risk
10/18/202317 minutes, 33 seconds
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Real estate sector stress raises risks for banks in China and Vietnam

Moody’s analysts C.J. Wong and Yulia Wan discuss ongoing real estate market weakness in China and Vietnam, and explain how the credit effects will differ in each country.Speakers: C.J. Wong, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Yulia Wan, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceAdditional Research:Banks – Asia-Pacific: Ongoing real estate sector stress raises credit risks for banks in China and Vietnam
10/11/202315 minutes, 33 seconds
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Digital bonds: a potentially disruptive technology slowly gets off the ground

Moody’s analysts Marat Faritov and Cristiano Ventricelli discuss how digital bonds could reshape debt markets, and the hurdles to be overcome before the technology can be more widely adopted.Speakers: Marat Faritov, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Cristiano Ventricelli, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Digital bonds' features could transform debt markets over timeUS Congress works toward digital assets rules, but bills lack bipartisan supportCyber risk looms as digital bonds gain tractionDecentralized Finance and Digital Assets – Europe: Swiss digital bonds benefit from favorable existing and adapted federal lawsDeFi & Digital Assets: What is digital finance? Explanation and glossary
9/13/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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Global reinsurance outlook stable as reinsurers raise prices, shift risks to primary insurers

Moody’s analysts Laline Carvalho-Neff and James Eck explain how reinsurers have boosted their profitability, even as natural catastrophes have grown more frequent and more severe.Speakers: Laline Carvalho-Neff, VP-Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; James Eck, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Reinsurance – Global: Stable outlook as higher pricing restores more favorable risk and reward dynamicP&C Insurance and State Government — US: Sharp pricing hikes draw reinsurers to Florida; insurance market strains continueReinsurance – Global: Reinsurance prices to keep rising through 2024, buyer survey suggests
9/6/202310 minutes, 22 seconds
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Japan’s banks ready for rate rise, Sweden’s face real estate risk, Swiss local deposits are stable

Moody’s analysts discuss how a rate rise would affect Japan’s banks, Swedish banks’ high exposure to indebted real estate firms, and the stability of Swiss domestic bank deposits.Speakers: Tetsuya Yamamoto, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Louise Welin, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Goetz Thurm, VP Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banks – Japan: A rise in domestic interest rates would bring more benefits than risksFAQ: Sweden's real estate turmoil creates risks for local banksBanks – Switzerland: Stable domestic deposits, strong liquidity reduce the risk of deposit outflows
8/2/202322 minutes, 36 seconds
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China’s soft economic recovery raises contingent liability risks from LGFVs

Moody’s analysts discuss the economic and credit outlook for China, including the role of local government financing vehicles (LGFVs) and their debt burdens, and the latest on the property sector.Speakers: Lillian Li, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Jessie Tung, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHost: Vittoria Zoli, Analyst – Emerging Markets, Moody’s Investors Service
7/27/202319 minutes, 41 seconds
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FedNow could increase deposit flight risk; high rates raise UK mortgage lenders' asset, social risks

Steve Tu discusses FedNow, a new US digital payments system, and why it could exacerbate deposit flight risk for banks. Farooq Khan explains the risks of higher interest rates for UK mortgage lenders.Speakers: Stephen Tu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Farooq Khan, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banks – North America: FedNow launch may lower transaction costs, but exacerbate funding risks for banksAsset and customer relations risks intensify for UK lenders as rates keep rising
7/12/202318 minutes, 48 seconds
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Middle-market CLOs, BDCs and closed-end funds present different credit risks

Moody’s analysts David Burger, Mark Wasden and Neal Epstein explain how differences in structure and asset risk give rise to divergent credit profiles among the three investment vehicles.Speakers: David Burger, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Mark Wasden, Senior Vice President, Moody's Investors Service; Neal Epstein, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody's Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Aaron Johnson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
6/28/202322 minutes, 15 seconds
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Moody’s US Insurance and Asset Management Conference, featuring Guggenheim CIO Anne Walsh

Moody's Marc Pinto talks to Guggenheim Partners Investment Management’s Anne Walsh about big risks – and opportunities – for insurers, asset managers and institutional investors.Speakers: Marc Pinto, Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service; Anne Walsh, Chief Investment Officer, Guggenheim Partners Investment ManagementHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Life Insurance – US: Commercial real estate downturn could weaken portfolio asset qualityUS life insurers have strong capital levels heading into uncertain economic environmentProperty & Casualty Insurance – Global: Cyber insurance market stabilizes as profitability improves
6/14/202330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Commercial real estate downturn could weaken US life insurers’ portfolio asset quality

US life insurers have significant commercial real estate exposure, mitigated by a low share of holdings in office properties and high share of investments in senior investment-grade fixed income.Speakers: Evelyn Ocas Salazar, AVP-Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Manoj Jethani, VP-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHost: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Life Insurance – US: Commercial real estate downturn could weaken portfolio asset quality
5/31/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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Emerging markets banks face decarbonization risks; global reinsurers’ price hikes boost profits

Vladlen Kuznetsov explains why banks in emerging markets are exposed to environmental risks, and Laline Carvalho-Neff discusses global reinsurers' strong first-quarter results.Speakers: Vladlen Kuznetsov, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Laline Carvalho-Neff, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Governance and external support mitigate environmental and social risks for banks in emerging marketsReinsurance – US & Bermuda: Everest, RenaissanceRe, AXIS Capital, Arch: Strong Q1 results, pricing boost 2023 prospects
5/25/202313 minutes, 56 seconds
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China property outlook turns stable from negative; insurers and mortgage lenders face limited credit risk from the property sector

In this episode, we discuss China’s stabilizing property sales and improving funding conditions.Then at 9:00, we look at Chinese insurers’ and banks’ exposure to the country’s property sector.Guests: Kelly Chen from the Corporate Finance Group of Moody’s Investors Service, and Qian Zhu and Yulia Wan from the Financial Institutions Group.  Host and Segment Leads: Tania Hall, Livia Yap and Danielle Reed from the Research team at Moody’s Investors Service. To read more on this topic, visit the Behind the Bonds and Focus on Finance pages on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers). Related Research:Chinese property market weakness will persist in 2023, dragging on credit quality in multiple sectorsFAQ about mortgage prepayment to Chinese banksFAQ on Chinese insurers' exposure to the property sector
5/17/202315 minutes, 31 seconds
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China’s post-COVID reopening is positive for domestic mortgage borrowers, some Asia-Pacific banks

Jerome Cheng and Tengfu Li discuss how China’s economic rebound will support residential mortgage-backed securities and a handful of Asia-Pacific banking systems with close ties to the country. Speakers: Tengfu Li, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Jerome Cheng, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Aaron Johnson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service Related content on Moodys.com (may only be available to registered users or subscribers):RMBS – China: Economic rebound, low rates and policy support are positive for mortgage borrowersBanks – Asia-Pacific: China's reopening will benefit only a few banking systems in Asia-Pacific
5/10/202310 minutes, 39 seconds
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Fed policy tightening will keep clamps on US banks’ credit; change may be afoot in global payments

Jill Cetina explains the main risks we are watching for US banks following recent rating actions. Plus, a cross-regional look at how central bank digital currencies could transform payments.Speakers: Melina Skouridou, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Lucas Viegas, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Vincent Gusdorf, SVP, Moody’s Investors Service; Jill Cetina, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts:  Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (may only be available to registered users or subscribers):Financial Institutions – Global: FAQ: Cross-border, interoperable CBDCs could transform global paymentsFinancial Institutions – Brazil: Brazil’s central bank digital currency is the next step in its digital finance transformationBanks – US: Elevated interest rate and funding risks weaken credit strength of select US banks
5/3/202327 minutes, 10 seconds
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Antitrust fears weaken insurers’ net zero alliance

Moody's analysts discuss high-profile departures from the Net Zero Insurance Alliance, plus increasing GCC bank mergers, and why Japan's largest banks can resist US banking sector stress.Speakers: Tetsuya Yamamoto, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Francesca Paolino, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Brandan Holmes, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; James Eck, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (may only be available to registered users or subscribers):Banks – Middle East: More M&A activity ahead as GCC banks build scale, revenue and cost synergiesBanks – Japan: Ample liquidity backed by stable deposits will limit impact of US bank distress on large banksReinsurance — Global: Catastrophe PML disclosures show divergence in risk appetites among firmsInsurance – Cross Region: Antitrust fears weaken insurers' net zero alliance, hindering decarbonization plans
4/19/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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Global electric vehicle surge is a bumpy ride for insurance, auto finance, state highway bonds

Moody’s analysts discuss accelerating electric vehicle sales’ effects on US auto insurers and auto finance captives, and implications for state fuel taxes. Speakers: Matthias Heck, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Inna Bodeck, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Jasper Cooper – VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Ted Hampton, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts:Nicholas Samuels, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service Related content on Moodys.com/autotransformation (may only be available to registered users or subscribers):Electrification momentum is strong, automakers must invest to stay competitiveUS auto finance captives’ evolving portfolios will carry more electric vehicles and greater riskAuto insurers’ costs and pricing will rise as electric vehicles grow more popularElectric vehicles raise carbon transition risk for states' highway revenue bonds
4/12/202322 minutes, 59 seconds
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With markets on edge, Credit Suisse rescue protects senior creditors; plus, some fintechs thrive

Moody’s analysts discuss the rescue of Credit Suisse, and explain why some fintechs have thrived even in adversity. Also, a look at the ongoing effects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on CIS banks.Speakers: Michael Rohr, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service; Dietmar Hornung, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service; Vladlen Kuznetsov, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Petr Paklin, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Daniel Yu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Arlene Sohn, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Rodrigo Marimon Bernales, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; David Yin, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Carolyn Henson – VP, Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Financial Stability – Switzerland: Low sovereign credit risks from events leading to UBS's takeover of Credit Suisse unless contagion spreadsBanks – Europe: Credit Suisse rescue and related liquidity measures protect senior bank creditors, but AT1 bondholders bear a costBanks - Commonwealth of Independent States: Ukraine invasion provides gains for some CIS banks but long-term challenges mountBanks – Australia: Challenges for new banks are increasing but opportunities to grow still remainBanking – South Korea: Expansion of Korea's virtual banks a credit negative for incumbentsBanks – Mexico: How challengers are unlocking Mexico's underserved credit market
3/29/202328 minutes, 16 seconds
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US bank failures have ripple effects worldwide

Moody’s analysts discuss recent developments in the US and European banking systems, the implications for monetary policy and potential spillovers to emerging markets across the globe. Speakers: Donald Robertson, AMD – Financial Institutions, Moody’s Investors Service; Nick Hill, MD – Financial Institutions, Moody’s Investors Service; Eugene Tarzimanov, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Scott Phillips, AMD – Global Emerging Markets, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Shirin Mohammadi, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service For related research, visit the Global Banking System Outlook topic page. As financial pressures mount in a time of higher rates and slowing growth, Moody’s will continue to share our analysis of evolving trends and repercussions for banks around the world.
3/17/202314 minutes, 25 seconds
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Emerging markets banks go digital to counter fintech threat

Moody's analysts discuss how emerging markets banks have evolved to compete with new entrants, and explain why fintechs globally are on shakier financial ground. Speakers: Stephen Tu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Alexandre Albuquerque, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Petr Paklin, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Tengfu Li, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Erin McDermott, AVP – Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Links:Banking – Global: Fintechs lose financial footing, tipping scales in favor of incumbents, for nowBanks – Emerging Markets: Incumbent banks evolve to head off new entrants
3/1/202321 minutes, 57 seconds
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Crypto firms’ fortunes ebb, but technology advances; Russia’s aircraft seizures grip stakeholders

We explore this year’s outlook for crypto and digital asset firms, and check in on financial repercussions a year after Russia's seizure of leased aircraft.Speakers: Benjamin Serra, SVP, Moody’s Investors Service; Mark Wasden, SVP, Moody’s Investors Service; Jayesh Joseph, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Vincent Gusdorf, SVP, Moody’s Investors Service; Alexandra Aspioti, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Geopolitical Risks – Global: Payouts on aircraft lost in Russia pose risk to insurers but will aid lessors and lease ABSDecentralized Finance — Global: 2023 outlook: Crypto firms’ credit quality weaker, but key technologies to advanceAsset Management – Cross Region: Blockchain-enabled tokenization will boost growth in private assets
2/22/202328 minutes, 41 seconds
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Inflation drives negative outlook for European P&C insurance; higher interest rates keep life stable

Helena Kingsley-Tomkins explains what’s behind insurance outlooks in Europe. In Fast Finance: troubles in real estate extend to Vietnam’s banks, and a look at Indian banks’ exposure to Adani Group.Speakers: Srikanth Vadlamani, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Joyce Ong, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Helena Kingsley-Tomkins, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Risks from real estate and rising interest rates will undermine banks' credit profiles: Strong economic growth will offset strain on asset quality and profitability, supporting stable outlookBanks – India: Risks from Adani exposure are limited but can increaseInsurance – Europe: Inflation underpins negative P&C outlook, life stable on higher interest rates
2/15/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Japan dashes away from cash; India’s public sector banks bounce back

Tomoya Suzuki talks about the digital payments push in Japan, and Rebecca Tan explains why the outlook is brighter for India’s public sector banks.Speakers: Tomoya Suzuki, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Rebecca Tan, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Jun Yang, AVP – Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banks – Japan: Push for digital transactions is credit negative for regional banksMoody's takes positive rating actions on four Indian public sector banksBanks – India: Rising rates will have limited impact on Indian banks' credit profiles
2/8/202315 minutes, 53 seconds
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Emerging markets banks face foreign currency risks; shockwaves spread in crypto asset markets

Moody's analysts discuss crypto asset regulation, credit developments at Silvergate Bank and foreign currency fluctuation risks for emerging markets banks and Asia-Pacific financial institutions.Speakers: Stephen Tu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Sadia Nabi, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Eugene Tarzimanov, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Jungmin Arlene Sohn, Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Carolyn Henson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Moody's downgrades Silvergate Bank's long term deposit rating to Ba1, outlook negativeFinancial Institutions – Global: Regulators' vigilance on cryptoasset risks, credit positive for banks, also has broader implicationsBanks - Emerging markets: Foreign-currency risk is acute for some banking systemsFinancial institutions – Asia-Pacific: Risks from local-currency depreciation are limited, except for some finance companies
1/25/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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Outlook negative for finance companies globally in 2023 on tighter funding and rising asset risk

Bruno Baretta explains how weak macroeconomic conditions are increasing credit risk for finance companies globally despite a possible profitability boost for some companies from rising interest rates. Speaker: Bruno Baretta, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Michael Porta, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Finance Companies — Global: 2023 outlook negative with funding and asset quality weakening
1/18/202315 minutes, 3 seconds
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Global P&C insurance outlook turns negative; global life insurance outlook stays stable

Claims inflation and higher reinsurance costs loom large in the outlook for P&C insurance, while life insurers see enough benefit from higher interest rates to offset economic turbulence, for now.Speakers: Manoj Jethani, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Christian Badorff, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
1/11/202316 minutes, 18 seconds
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Strong balance sheets keep global banks on stable outlook despite macroeconomic gloom

Against an uncertain global economic backdrop, hosts Carolyn Henson and Michael Porta talk to Moody’s analysts Edoardo Calandro, Rita Sahu and Nicholas Zhu about prospects for global banks in 2023.Speakers: Edoardo Calandro, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Rita Sahu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service;  Nicholas Zhu, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Carolyn Henson, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Michael Porta, VP –Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banks – Global: 2023 outlook stable as rising rates, strong balance sheets counter global slowdownBanking System Outlook – China: Deteriorating operating environment drives negative outlook
12/14/202218 minutes, 32 seconds
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Banking system braced as Fed’s second round of quantitative tightening ramps up

Jill Cetina and David Fanger explain how this round of quantitative tightening will affect bank funding and capital. Plus, Coinbase faces higher risks, and Twitter’s lenders face markdowns.Speakers: Jill Cetina, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors Service; David Fanger, SVP, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Erin McDermott, AVP –Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Banks – Cross Region: Twitter underwriting losses thus far appear moderate for syndicate banksMoody's reviews Coinbase (Ba3 corporate family) for downgradeCoinbase Global, Inc.: FTX implosion leaves vacuum in crypto space, a credit negative for CoinbaseFederal Reserve’s second round of quantitative tightening will have pronounced effects on banks
12/7/202226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Blowback from FTX failure is contained to crypto sphere as wary banks maintain distance for now

 Vincent Gusdorf, Fadi Massih and Warren Kornfeld discuss the aftermath of the FTX bankruptcy and explain how crypto finance risks could spill over into traditional financial institutions.Speakers: Vincent Gusdorf, Senior Vice President, DeFi & Digital Assets, Moody’s Investors Service; Fadi Massih, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Warren Kornfeld, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Michael Porta, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research:Financial Institutions – Cross Region: Failed bailout of FTX is credit negative for crypto marketExchanges & Clearing Houses – US Crypto meltdown raises heat on FTX's alternative clearing modelAs crypto finance system comes out of shadows, a dilemma emerges for banks
11/23/202221 minutes, 44 seconds
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Banks, insurers aim for net zero emissions as risks rise from extreme weather, carbon transition

As COP 27 winds down, Shree Khare and Tomoya Suzuki discuss Japan's rising natural catastrophe risks, and Megan Fox and Brandan Holmes explain what's driving banks' and insurers' net zero plans.Speakers: Shree Khare, Vice President of Model Development, RMS; Tomoya Suzuki, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Megan Fox, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Brandan Holmes, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated Research: Banks’ net zero financed emissions plans show progress, underscore challengesInsurance – Global: Net zero plans help insurers manage carbon transition risks
11/16/202229 minutes, 3 seconds
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Indian banks brace for rising rates; effects of China’s slowdown spill over to Asia-Pacific banks

Srikanth Vadlamani explains why Indian banks’ loans will perform well despite rising interest rates, and Eugene Tarzimanov discusses the threat to Asia-Pacific banks from China’s slowing economy.Speakers: Srikanth Vadlamani, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Eugene Tarzimanov, VP – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Jun Yang, AVP – Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
10/26/202220 minutes, 16 seconds
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European and UK banks, Asia-Pacific insurers grapple with rising interest rates

Kelvin Kwok, Mattias Frithiof and Farooq Khan explain the implications of inflation and rising interest rates for Asia-Pacific insurers and Western European and UK banks.Guests: Kelvin Kwok, AVP - Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Mattias Frithiof, AVP – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Farooq Khan, VP – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, VP – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Life insurance – Asia-Pacific: Asset and liability management will remain disciplined amid rising ratesBanks – Western Europe: Rising rates bring clear margin gains for European banks, but higher costs and loan impairments will offset benefitsBanks and Building Societies – United Kingdom: Headwinds from affordability shock to dampen profitability boost from rate rises
10/19/202221 minutes, 30 seconds
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US insurers, global reinsurers face heavy losses from Hurricane Ian

James Eck explains that with insured loss estimates of up to roughly $70 billion, earnings of property insurers and reinsurers will fall sharply, and some reinsurers could face capital erosion.Guests: James Eck, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceTo read more on this topic, visit Moodys.com (some content available only to registered users or subscribers).P&C Insurance and State Government – US: Hurricane Ian hits insurers' Q3 earnings; capital erosion risk for some (re)insurers Reinsurance – US: Reinsurers diverge on property catastrophe coverage in Florida; higher pricing ahead
10/12/20228 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bleak house: Swedish banks, US mortgage insurers face weakening property sectors

Louise Welin and Maria Gillholm discuss difficulties ahead for Swedish mortgage borrowers and real estate companies, and implications for banks. Also, new business is slowing for US mortgage insurers.Guests: Bob Garofalo, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Louise Welin, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Maria Gillholm, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceTo read more on this topic, visit Moodys.com (some content available only to registered users or subscribers).Financial Institutions – Sweden: Higher central bank rates are credit positive for banks, but asset risks are building Mortgage Insurance – US: Profitability remains high as housing market begins to cool Cross Sector – Sweden: Real estate refinancing risk worsens, but impact on banks manageable 
10/5/202220 minutes, 14 seconds
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Cryptoasset regulation: putting the ‘stable’ back in stablecoin

Rajeev Bamra and Sadia Nabi discuss regulation of global cryptoassets and stablecoins in the US. Also: a proposal to clear certain Treasurys trades, and banks' risks from conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.Guests: Rajeev Bamra, head of DeFi and Digital Assets Strategy, Moody’s Investors Service; Sadia Nabi, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Lev Dorf, Assistant Vice President – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Donald Robertson, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Michael Porta, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service
9/28/202227 minutes, 13 seconds
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Positive outlook for Vietnamese banks; moderate inflation will boost Southeast Asian banks’ margins

C.J. Wong explains the forces behind Vietnamese banks’ credit strength, and Rebecca Tan discusses inflation's impact on banks in six member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Guests: C.J. Wong, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Rebecca Tan, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Jun Yang, Assistant Vice President – Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceTo read more on this topic, visit Moodys.com (some content available only to registered users or subscribers).Banking System Outlook – Vietnam: Economic rebound and improving profitability support positive outlookGovernment of Vietnam: FAQ on economic prospects, environmental risks and institutional challengesRating Action:  Moody's takes rating actions on 12 Vietnamese banksBanks – ASEAN: Inflation-driven rate rises will boost margins but rapid increases would be credit negative
9/21/202213 minutes, 52 seconds
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High oil prices, economic recovery boost prospects for Islamic banks, GCC funds

Badis Shubailat and Tengfu Li discuss how high commodity prices are supporting the recovery of Islamic banks, and Alexandra Aspioti explains why GCC fund managers are optimistic. Guests: Alexandra Aspioti, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service; Badis Shubailat, Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service, and Tengfu Li, Assistant Vice President – Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Carolyn Henson, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Funds & Asset Management – Middle East: GCC fund firms expect oil price surge to support AUM and net inflowsIslamic finance – Cross region: High commodity prices will sustain the recovery of Islamic banks
9/14/202217 minutes, 27 seconds
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Reinsurers’ price hikes counterbalance rising losses from natural catastrophes, claims inflation

Helena Kingsley-Tomkins explains why the outlook for global reinsurance is stable, despite higher natural catastrophe losses, and James Eck discusses the prospects for alternative capital.Guests: Helena Kingsley-Tomkins, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service and James Eck, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Reinsurance – Global: Stronger earnings prospects and solid balance sheets underpin stable outlookReinsurance – Global: Buyers’ survey indicates claims inflation is driving reinsurance pricing momentumReinsurance – Global: Buyers’ survey indicates claims inflation is driving reinsurance pricing momentumReinsurance – Global: Alternative capital market poised to resume growth on higher reinsurance pricing
9/7/202219 minutes, 15 seconds
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Russian energy squeeze raises risks for European banks; Credit Suisse restructures

Bernhard Held and Petter Bryman discuss the implications for certain European banking systems of a reduction in Russian energy supply, and Alessandro Roccati discusses recent credit developments at Credit Suisse following large losses.Guests: Bernhard Held, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service, Petter Bryman, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service, and Alessandro Roccati, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Sovereign – Europe: Looming gas crisis intensifies credit pressures for Europe’s most exposed sovereignsBanking – Europe: Gas supply rationing would lift problem loans from benign levelsCredit Suisse Group AG: Update following rating actionCredit Suisse Group AG 2024 plan: reduced risk appetite and greater shift to wealth management will lower risks and earnings volatilityCredit Suisse Group AG Q4 2021: Weak revenue, goodwill impairment and litigation charges led to large lossCredit Suisse Group AG: Q2 2022: Weak revenues and litigation charges lead to large loss
8/24/202216 minutes, 38 seconds
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ECB rate rise benefits European banks; Citibanamex sale will change Mexico’s banking landscape

Fabio Iannò explains why European banks will benefit from the ECB's recent increase in key interest rates, and Felipe Carvallo discusses how the sale of certain Citibanamex business operations will alter Mexico’s banking sector.  Guests: Felipe Carvallo, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Fabio Iannò, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Banorte and Banco Santander México: Citibanamex acquisition would boost margins; combination's efficiency and loss-absorption will be key credit protectionsBanking – Europe: ECB action on rates, sovereign spreads will support southern European banks
7/27/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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Apple wades deeper into finance; Australia’s “super” sector flourishes

Stephen Tu explains why Apple’s new Pay Later initiative may have important implications for financial institutions; Saranga Ranasinghe and Frank Mirenzi tell us about future growth in and risks to Australia’s pension (“superannuation”) sector.Guests: Saranga Ranasinghe,  Vice President – Senior Analyst, Corporate Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Frank Mirenzi, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Stephen Tu, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Carolyn Henson, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Pensions – Australia: Superannuation sector supports access to funding, debt sustainability of rated issuersInfographic: Australia's superannuation sector is a large and growing source of capitalBanks – Global: Apple Pay Later could lead to deeper foray into financial services product manufacturing  
7/13/202218 minutes, 33 seconds
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China's financial institutions help stabilize economy; inflation boosts some emerging markets’ banks

Yulia Wan and Sean Hung discuss the implications for financial institutions of China's policy focus on financial stability. Plus, Eugene Tarzimanov and Yaroslav Sovgyra discuss how inflation will affect banks in emerging economies.Guests: Yulia Wan, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Sean Hung, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Eugene Tarzimanov, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service, and Yaroslav Sovgyra, Associate Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Cross Sector – China: More indirect and selective government support will add extra burden to state firmsBanking – China: Banks cautious in supporting property developers but asset risks still remain highBanks – G-20 emerging markets: Rapid inflation-driven rate hikes will be double-edged sword for banks 
6/29/202223 minutes, 1 second
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Private credit fuels asset managers’ AUM growth, as banks cede corporate loan share to non-banks

Neal Epstein explains how comparatively strong credit performance and returns draw asset managers to private credit despite high borrower leverage. Warren Kornfeld and Clay Montgomery cover the growing role of non-banks, including BDCs, in the space.Guests: Neal Epstein, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Funds & Asset Management, Moody’s Investors Service; Warren Kornfeld, Senior Vice President, Banking, Moody’s Investors Service, and Clay Montgomery, Vice President, Senior Analyst, Banking, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Michael Porta, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Financial Stability – US: Private credit’s expansion fuels asset managers' AUM growthFinancial Stability – US: As banks cede share of corporate lending to non-banks, leverage and risk riseFinancial Stability – US Business Development Companies: BDCs' profitability will benefit from higher interest rates; asset risk will also increase
6/22/202223 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cryptocurrencies may not help evade sanctions; Invasion of Ukraine raises cyber insurers' risks

Rajeev Bamra explains why crypto markets are unlikely to allow mass sanctions evasion. Plus, Sarah Hibler explains why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine adds to uncertainty for cyber insurers in an already difficult operating environment.Guests: Rajeev Bamra, Vice President – Strategy & Business Management, Moody’s Investors Service, and Sarah Hibler, Associate Managing Director, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Sovereigns – Global: Use of cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions will be limited by market size and liquidityFinancial Institutions – Global: Digital asset regulation comes into focus, and authorities have shown they can often follow the moneyP&C Insurance – Global: Cyber insurers raise rates, narrow coverage as military conflict in Ukraine heightens risk
6/15/202215 minutes, 43 seconds
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US public pension funds risk more than insurers with private market investments

Tom Aaron of the Public Finance team and Shachar Gonen of the Insurance team explore the reasons public pension funds and insurance companies have found private equity and private credit such compelling investments, and why public pension funds face higher risk than insurers from these assets.Guests: Thomas Aaron, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Shachar Gonen, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Michael Porta, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Financial Stability – US: Private credit and other alternatives pose greater risk for pension funds than insurers
6/1/202213 minutes
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US health insurers tackle mental health; Asian insurers under revised capital rules

As mental health and substance abuse problems grow sharply in the US, insurance analyst Dean Ungar explains how US health insurers are trying to break down the wall between medical health and mental health and better integrate the latter into their operations. Also in this episode, insurance analysts Frank Yuen, Soichiro Makimoto and Qian Zhu discuss updates to capital regimes in Asia-Pacific, and what it means for insurers in Japan, mainland China and Hong Kong SAR, China. Guests: Dean Ungar, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Qian Zhu, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service; Frank Yuen, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service, and Soichiro Makimoto, Vice President – Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service.Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors Service and Myles Neligan, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Japan’s new economic capital regulations drive efficient capital management for insurance companies China’s C-ROSS Phase II tightens capital charges and improves measurement of key risks Hong Kong’s implementation of groupwide supervision is credit positive for insurance groups Health Insurance — US: Industry focus on behavioral and mental health will help control medical costs 
5/18/202218 minutes, 45 seconds
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Inflation risks rising for financial institutions

Financial Institutions team analysts Allen Tischler and Jasper Cooper talk about the effects of higher inflation on global banks, insurance companies and asset managers, and explain why the negatives outweigh the positives.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers):Financial Institutions – Cross Region: Risks of prolonged high inflation outweigh rate hike benefits
5/4/202214 minutes, 26 seconds
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Prolonged Ukraine crisis threatens financial institutions; life insurers face long COVID

Analysts Olivier Panis, Bernhard Held and Antonello Aquino from the Financial Institutions team discuss the implications of a prolonged military conflict in Ukraine for banks and insurance companies, while Insurance analyst Laura Bazer focuses on the effects of long COVID claims on life insurers globally.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Life Insurance — Global: Long COVID early assessment: despite likely rise in claims, credit effects limitedFinancial Institutions – Global: Deteriorating global economic conditions broaden risks for the financial sectorBanks, securities firms, finance companies – Global: Ripple effects from Ukraine crisis are creating harsher business conditionsInsurers, Asset Managers – Global: Ukraine crisis adds to inflation and market volatility risk for insurers, asset managersGeopolitical Risks – Global: European utilities and energy-intensive companies among hardest hit by potential cut-off in Russian energy supplies
4/27/202218 minutes, 19 seconds
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Banking system outlooks stable as military conflict in Ukraine blunts global recovery

Banking analysts Louise Welin, Rita Sahu, Eugene Tarzimanov and Felipe Carvallo explain how global macroeconomic and geopolitical forces have shaped the outlooks for 32 of the world’s biggest banking systems, as the military conflict in Ukraine slows the global economy’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Research Announcement: Moody's maintains stable outlooks on most LATAM banking systemsResearch Announcement: Moody's maintains stable outlook on majority of APAC banking systemsResearch Announcement: Moody’s updates banking system outlooks for 10 European countries after Russia’s invasion of UkraineResearch Announcement: Moody's - US banking system will remain stable given expected credit fundamentalsResearch Announcement: Moody's - Credit outlook for Canada's banking system is stable
4/20/202210 minutes, 50 seconds
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Chile’s president has plans for pensions; cryptocurrency gets regulation

Felipe Carvallo of the Banking team explains how pension reform plans of Chile’s new young president could shake up banking and asset management. Plus, Banking team analyst Fadi Massih talks about how cryptocurrency is traceable, and what upcoming regulation means for cryptocurrency exchanges and other digital asset platforms.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Financial Institutions – Global: Digital asset regulation comes into focus, and authorities have shown they can often follow the moneyBanking – United States of America: US order seeking digital asset transparency and oversight would limit risks, promote financial stabilityPolitical Risk – Chile: FAQ on policy risks and credit effects across sectors as Boric administration takes office Government of Chile: Guaranteed Universal Pension will address social demands at relatively modest near-term fiscal costsThe State of the Chilean Consumer: July 2021: Pension savings withdrawals and stimulus measures are boosting consumptionFunds & Asset Management – Latin America & Caribbean: Proposal to reform Mexico's retirement system is credit positive for private pension fund asset managers
4/6/202221 minutes, 41 seconds
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Tesla launches auto insurance; sanctions on Russia rattle aircraft lessors, ABS

Insurance team analyst Helena Kingsley-Tomkins discusses Tesla’s move into high-tech auto insurance and how it will affect the competitive landscape. Plus, Mark Wasden of the Banking team and Gideon Lubin of the Structured Finance team explain how sanctions on Russian businesses and assets will affect aircraft leasing companies and ABS backed by aircraft and related leases.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Aircraft Lessors and Aircraft Lease ABS – Global: Lessors can absorb effects of moderate exposure to Russian airlines; exposed aircraft ABS vulnerableProperty & Casualty – Global: Tesla’s insurance venture puts incumbents under added pressure to innovateProperty & Casualty Insurance – US: Insurers better match rate to risk as telematics gain consumer acceptance
3/23/202223 minutes, 22 seconds
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shocks banking systems

Yaroslav Sovgyra, Melina Skouridou and Olivier Panis of the Banking team explain how the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine has affected the credit strength of global, Western European, Russian and Ukrainian banks.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): The fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine will be felt by banks globally​​​​​​A few European banks face rising risk from exposure to Russia, UkraineRating Action: Moody's downgrades the ratings of 39 Russian financial institutions; outlooks changed to negative
3/16/202216 minutes, 45 seconds
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine raises risks for global insurers

Insurance analysts Jasper Cooper and Christian Badorff discuss both direct and secondary risks global insurers are facing as the military conflict in Ukraine continues. Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Insurance – Global: Russian invasion of Ukraine will drive investment volatility, more claims inflationGlobal – Cyber Risk: Russia-Ukraine tensions increase cyber risks across regions, asset classes
3/9/20228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Global cybersecurity rules tighten; digital banks expand worldwide

Analysts Megan Fox, Rokhaya Cisse and Mike Dion discuss cyber threats past and present, and steps regulators are taking to make sure financial institutions are prepared. Plus, Petr Paklin of the Banking team talks about the prospects for fast-growing all-digital banks, from market share to profits.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Funds & Asset Management – North America: SEC's proposed cybersecurity rules would strengthen investment industry's cyber resiliencyBanking – Cross Region: Heightened focus on rising cybersecurity threats bolsters banking industry's preparednessP&C Insurance and Reinsurance – Global: Court ruling highlights risks of hidden cyber coverage in P&C policiesBanking – Global: Rapid growth of challengers puts new verve into old banking systems
2/23/202216 minutes, 44 seconds
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African banks begin to emerge from pandemic gloom

Moody’s banking analysts Constantinos Kypreos and Mik Kabeya join host Carolyn Henson to discuss prospects for banks in Africa’s five largest banking sectors after two difficult years. Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Banking System Outlook – Nigeria: Economic rebound and recovering profitability shift the outlook to stable Banking System Outlook – South Africa: Negative outlook driven by challenging operating and macro conditionsBanking System Outlook – Egypt: Solid financial metrics, robust economic growth drive a stable outlookBanking System Outlook – Morocco: Risk of lower government support capacity to the banks keeps our negative outlookBanking System Outlook – Kenya: Economic recovery, improving profitability drive stable outlook
2/16/202212 minutes, 54 seconds
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High dollarization poses rising risks for banks in emerging markets; US eyes central bank digital currency

Lev Dorf of the Banking team looks at why high use of dollars in many emerging markets poses rising risks for the country’s banks and where those risks are highest. Plus, Stephen Tu of the Financial Institutions group analyzes the Federal Reserve’s recent report and request for comment on the potential benefits of a US central bank digital currency.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Financial Institutions – North America: Fed’s US CBDC report highlights both the potential efficiencies of digital money and funding risks for banksBanks – China : Design of e-CNY will minimize risk of bank disintermediation in its initial phaseBanking – Global: Central banks aim to limit disruption when designing retail digital currenciesFinancial Institutions – Global: Four forces reshaping financial landscape have potential to dislodge incumbentsBanks - Emerging markets: High dollarization poses long-term risks for banks and for wider financial stability 
2/9/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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Technology is driving new business models for insurance

Helena Kingsley-Tomkins and Paulette Truman of the Insurance team discuss how tech is transforming the insurance business, from connected devices that help prevent injuries and accidents to auto manufacturers entering insurance distribution. Plus, Sonny Hsu of the Banking team discusses the results of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s first climate stress test of banks, and Jasper Cooper of the Insurance team talks about the scope of insured losses from the recent Marshall wildfire in Colorado.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Banks – Hong Kong SAR, China: Hong Kong Monetary Authority's bank stress test on climate risk is credit positiveProperty & Casualty – United States: Homeowners and commercial property insurers face losses from Colorado wildfireProperty & Casualty Insurance – US: Insurers better match rate to risk as telematics gain consumer acceptanceInsurance – Global: Innovation critical for insurers as technology threatens their traditional earnings
1/26/202221 minutes, 2 seconds
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Global life and P&C insurance outlooks stable as economies recover

Frank Yuen and Laura Bazer explain why the outlook for life insurers worldwide is less bleak than it was a year ago. Plus, Bruce Ballentine and Benjamin Serra discuss the strengths that help insulate global property and casualty (P&C) insurers from higher claims as economies reopen.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): P&C Insurance – Global – 2022 OutlookLife Insurance – Global – 2022 OutlookLife & Health Insurance – US – 2022 outlook stable, as US economic recovery solidifies
1/12/202218 minutes, 57 seconds
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Global banks’ 2022 outlook is stable on strong capital, low credit losses

Banking analysts Michael Rohr and Donald Robertson explain how our outlook has improved for banks worldwide. Plus, Banking team analyst Svetlana Pavlova discusses how demographic trends in emerging markets are driving a divergence in banks’ growth and profitability prospects.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Banks – Global: 2022 outlook stable, reflecting sound capital and liquidity, with low credit losses (Slides)Banks – Emerging markets: Demographic trends will drive divergence of growth and profitability prospects 
12/15/202118 minutes, 39 seconds
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Economy drives stable 2022 outlooks for global asset managers, emerging markets banks

Dominic Simpson and Neal Epstein of the Asset Management team discuss prospects for global asset managers in 2022, as the global economic recovery and demand for alternative and ESG investments drive industry growth. Meanwhile, Ceres Lisboa, Ashraf Madani and Eugene Tarzimanov  of the Banking team explore how emerging markets banks will benefit from G20 economies’ recovery, strong global demand for commodities and a rise in interest rates.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Asset Managers – Global: 2022 Outlook stable on economic recovery, strong demand Emerging market banks’ outlook is stable as credit conditions support financial fundamentals
12/1/202117 minutes, 54 seconds
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Insurers bet on illiquid assets; global banks step up cybersecurity

Insurance analysts Dominic Simpson and Manoj Jethani discuss global insurers’ increasing investments in illiquid assets and why that’s mostly positive despite the risks. Plus, Fadi Massih of the Banking team talks about strengths and vulnerabilities in global banks’ management of cybersecurity risks.Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Cyber Risk - Global Banks of all sizes and credit strengths are increasing cybersecurity investmentLife & Health Insurance – United Kingdom Growing illiquid asset exposure is more credit positive than negativeLife Insurance – US: Illiquid assets rise, increasing returns while raising portfolio risk  Insurance – Europe: Insurance CFOs ready for M&A amid cautious post pandemic optimismBenefits of insurers’ growing illiquid asset exposure balance additional risks 
11/17/202115 minutes, 24 seconds
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Growth of private credit has systemic implications

Mark Wasden of the Banking team and Chris Padgett of the Corporate Finance team explain how as US private credit grows, there is greater risk of widespread market disruption should the economy falter. Plus, Insurance team analyst Shachar Gonen explains why long-term care insurers are getting a brief reprieve, and Fadi Massih of the Banking team talks about the new Bitcoin ETF and why it is credit negative for Coinbase. Guests: Shachar Gonen, Vice President, Senior Credit Officer –  Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Fadi Massih, Vice President, Senior Analyst  –  Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Christina Padgett, Associate Managing Director – Corporate Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Mark Wasden, Senior Vice President – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President, Senior Research Writer – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Michael Porta, Vice President, Senior Research Writer – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service Related content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Property & Casualty Insurance – Global: Proliferation of cyberattacks prompts re-evaluation of cyber insurance riskAuto Finance – Global: Sector can manage surge of residual value risk as electric vehicles come on line
11/3/202116 minutes, 48 seconds
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Cyber insurance: as losses rise, the industry ponders uninsurable risks

Cybercrime has driven up demand for cyber insurance. But losses are on the rise, too, and some cyber events are uninsurable. How are insurers responding to higher losses, and what can be done about the kinds of risks that are too big for private insurers to cover? Plus, sales of alternative fuel vehicles worldwide are accelerating. What does it mean for the credit quality of auto finance captives, the companies that finance loans and leases on behalf of automakers?Guests: Michael Dion, Vice President, Senior Analyst – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Inna Bodeck, Vice President, Senior Analyst  – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors ServiceHosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President, Senior Research Writer – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service; Myles Neligan, Vice President, Senior Research Writer – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors ServiceRelated content on Moodys.com (some content only available to registered users or subscribers): Property & Casualty Insurance – Global: Proliferation of cyberattacks prompts re-evaluation of cyber insurance riskAuto Finance – Global: Sector can manage surge of residual value risk as electric vehicles come on line
10/20/202118 minutes, 6 seconds
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How can banks, insurers, and asset managers reduce their vast financial exposure to carbon intensive industries?

Ahead of the COP 26 conference in Glasgow, analysts Lev Dorf, Brandan Holmes and Vanessa Robert explain why banks, insurance companies and asset managers are under pressure to reduce exposure to carbon-intensive industries. Indeed Moody's has estimated that G20 financial institutions are exposed to carbon transition risk to the tune of a staggering $22 trillion. However, financial institutions will need to play a vital role in financing the shift to net zero, and in this episode our team discuss what new areas of economic growth are emerging, amid the risks of decarbonization. Inside this episode:Brandan Holmes on the drivers of  decarbonization for insurance (begins at 2:38 mins) Lev Dorf on the biggest risks of decarbonization for banks (begins at 9:08 mins Lev Dorf discusses the economic opportunities for banks (begins at  13:17 mins) Related Content:Financial firms face challenge of supporting corporate clients through the carbon transition (free to register) Infographic (free to register): Data on G20 financial institutions reveals $22 trillion of carbon transition 
10/13/202116 minutes, 52 seconds
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Biggest banks emerge stronger from pandemic and ready to face heightened competition

Peter Nerby, Olivier Panis and Shunsaku Sato explain how global systemically important banks are faring as the pandemic starts to recede. Dean Ungar discusses the implications for US health insurers should the Medicare hospital insurance trust fund run out of money. And David Yin tells us how a recent cryptocurrency ban in China is positive for financial institutions.Inside this episode:Dean Ungar discusses the implications for US health insurers should the Medicare hospital insurance trust fund run out of money. (begins at 2:48 mins)David Yin tells us how a recent cryptocurrency ban in China is positive for financial institutions. (begins at 5:06 mins)Peter Nerby, Olivier Panis and Shunsaku Sato explain how global systemically important banks are faring as the pandemic starts to recede. (begins at 8:22 mins) Related content:Banks – Global: Biggest banks retain competitive advantage, but stiff obstacles loom post pandemic - Most of the 30 large, global systemically important banks have maintained strong capitalization and liquidity, and their profitability is stronger than that of regional peers.Financial Institutions – North America: Looming Medicare trust fund depletion is credit negative for MA insurers - The trust fund's depletion would require reduced Medicare spending, which could mean lower payments for Medicare Advantage (MA).Financial Institutions – China: China's crackdown on virtual currencies is credit positive for financial institutions - Chinese authorities' crackdown on cryptocurrencies will support financial stability and back China's policy of reducing carbon emissions.  
10/6/202119 minutes, 40 seconds
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Digital financial landscape threatens banks’ role as intermediaries

Stephen Tu, Melina Skouridou and Farooq Khan explain how four forces reshaping finance will likely reduce banks’ revenue from core activities and undermine their role as financial intermediaries. Plus, Alka Anbarasu explains why India’s banks will weather the stress from a COVID-19 resurgence, and Jasper Cooper gives an update on insured hurricane losses in the US.Inside this episode:Alka Anbarasu explains why India’s banks will weather the stress from a COVID-19 resurgence. (begins at 1:55 mins)Jasper Cooper gives an update on insured hurricane losses in the US. (begins at 4:48 mins)Stephen Tu, Melina Skouridou and Farooq Khan explain how four forces reshaping finance will likely reduce banks’ revenue from core activities and undermine their role as financial intermediaries.  (begins at 7:11 mins)Related content:Banks – India: Resurgence of coronavirus raises asset risks but loan-loss buffers are sufficiently strong - A resurgence of coronavirus cases will lead to more problem loans. However, a sharp increase in problem loans is unlikely, and banks have sufficient buffers to absorb anticipated lossesProperty & Casualty Insurance– US Hurricane Ida's Northeast track adds billions to insurers' losses - Hurricane Ida's damages through New York, New Jersey and surrounding states will increase insurers' losses by billions of dollars.Reinsurance – Global:  Weak La Niña and warm waters point to active 2021 Atlantic hurricane season - Above average sea surface temperatures, weaker trade winds and an enhanced West African monsoon result in more favorable conditions for hurricane formation and intensification this year.Financial Institutions – Global: Four forces reshaping financial landscape have potential to dislodge incumbents - We identify four forces of digitalization that have the potential to dislodge incumbents from dominant positions in financial markets.Banking – Global: Central banks aim to limit disruption when designing retail digital currencies - Banks would likely maintain their client-facing roles and would play a part in disseminating central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), but disintermediation risks will be heightened.Banks – Cross Region: Wide use of digital currencies in cross-border payments would be credit negative - Potential future wide acceptance of central bank digital currencies in cross-border payments and settlements will result in lower fees and commissions for banks.
9/22/202120 minutes, 8 seconds
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Decrypting Coinbase: financial strength supports credit in emerging, uncertain sector

Analyst Fadi Massih discusses the credit strengths and weaknesses of the crypto asset exchange.Related content: Coinbase Global, Inc. Strong finances and market position offset by uncertain regulatory environment and fierce competitive conditions - Coinbase displays investment grade characteristics and financials that are offset by a challenging operating environment marked by uncertain regulatory framework and fierce competition. 
9/15/20219 minutes, 6 seconds
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Reinsurance outlook is back to stable; fintech adoption jolts Korea’s insurers

The insurance group’s Helena Kingsley-Tomkins explains what’s driving the global reinsurance outlook shift to stable from negative. Plus, Young Kim tells us how evolving technology and rising fintech competition are transforming Korea’s insurance business.Inside this episode:Young Kim tells us how evolving technology and rising fintech competition are transforming Korea’s insurance business. (begins at 1:45 mins)Helena Kingsley-Tomkins explains what’s driving the global reinsurance outlook shift to stable from negative. (begins at 9:35 mins)Related content:Reinsurance – Global - Change to stable outlook reflects sound pricing, economic rebound - We have revised our outlook on the reinsurance sector to stable from negative, reflecting continued reinsurance price increases as the global economy recovers from the pandemic.Insurers – Korea - Stakes are rising in fintech adoption - Digital transformation will bring new business opportunities and operational efficiencies to Korean insurers but also heightens competition and adjustment risks they face. 
9/8/202119 minutes, 5 seconds
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COVID-19 resurgence raises asset risks for Southeast Asian and Indian banks

As infections rise and overall vaccination rates remain low in Southeast Asian nations and India, loan performance will weaken as economic recoveries stall, although the effects will vary by country. However, government support and strong loss-absorbing buffers will support banks’ credit strength.Related content:Property & Casualty – United States of America Losses from Dixie wildfire will hit California property and casualty insurers - Total insured losses from California wildfires are likely to exceed $1 billion for California homeowners insurers and commercial property insurers. Allianz SE US DOJ investigation into investment funds raises financial and reputational risk - DoJ investigation into investment activities of “Structured Alpha” funds raises the risk of a financial hit to the group and highlights governance challenges of complex groups. Aon, Willis Towers Watson Termination of Aon-Willis Towers Watson merger agreement poses governance challenge for WLTW - Aon and WLTW must reset their corporate strategies after terminating their proposed merger. The firms reduced their financial leverage and accumulated cash in preparation for the merger. Banks – ASEAN and India Asset risks will rise amid resurgences of coronavirus infections but credit strength will remain intact  - Asset risks will rise for banks in the region amid a surge in coronavirus cases. However, the negative impact will be mitigated by continued policy support and strong loss-absorbing buffers. 
8/25/202118 minutes, 51 seconds
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Korea’s Kakao Bank demonstrates Big Tech’s potential threat to incumbent lenders

Inside this episode:Tae Jong Ok looks at Kakao Bank’s rapid rise from its social media origins to one of Korea’s biggest retail lenders. Plus, Christian Badorff and Melina Skouridou talk about the insurance impact of recent heavy floods in Germany, and the European Central Bank’s plan to pilot a digital euro.Related content:Banks – Europe: Despite financial inclusion benefits, digital euro poses disintermediation risks to banks, a credit negative A digital euro would support innovation and financial inclusion, and could become an alternative to stablecoins, but would reduce banks' profitability and increase disintermediation risk.Insurance – Germany: German floods will hit P&C insurers' profit, highlighting climate change risk Devastating floods that hit parts of Germany on 14 and 15 July look set to cause insured losses of €4 billion to €5 billion, according to preliminary estimates. Banks – Korea: Big Tech success in banking highlights rising competition from virtual banks Big Tech success in banking highlights rising competition from virtual banks 
8/11/202120 minutes, 18 seconds
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Transformation of US health insurers brings greater revenue, higher leverage

Dean Ungar diagnoses the causes of US health insurers’ evolution over the past decade, and discusses the benefits and risks for the sector’s credit strength. Plus, Guy Combot and Atsi Sheth talk about recent changes in Italian bank governance and the broader credit implications of increased gender diversity.Inside this episode:Guy Combot and Atsi Sheth talk about recent changes in Italian bank governance and the broader credit implications of increased gender diversity. (begins at 2:12 mins)Dean Ungar diagnoses the causes of US health insurers’ evolution over the past decade, and discusses the benefits and risks for the sector’s credit strength.  (begins at 9:55 mins)Related content:Banks – Italy: New “fit and proper” board criteria will reinforce Italian bank governanceESG – Global: Rising focus on gender inclusion highlights links to economic growth and credit qualityHealth Insurance – US: Sector’s evolution brings increased scale and diversification but also higher leverageAetna Inc., Anthem, Centene Corp., Cigna Corp., Humana Inc., UnitedHealth Group : Vertical integration: short-term credit pain, long-term credit gainHealth Insurance – US: Policy drive toward transformation of health insurance poses risks to profitability
7/28/202119 minutes, 12 seconds
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Stablecoins multiply, adding competition in financial services

Inside this episode:Rajeev Bamra and Steve Tu speak with Carolyn Henson about why stablecoin growth has put traditional financial institutions and bank regulators on the defensive. Meanwhile, David Fanger explains why large US banks will be able to distribute more to shareholders this year, and Marina Cremonese discusses money market funds’ readiness for the transition away from LIBOR.Related content:Banks – United States: Lower stress capital buffers allow many banks to increase capital distributions, a credit negative Compliance with regulatory buffer requirements and dividend caps supports US banks' capitalization.Money Market Funds – Cross Region: Money marketfunds are well positioned for IBOR phase-out MMFs face little disruption from the phase-out of IBOR reference rates. The sector is adopting alternatives, and will rapidly replace IBOR-linked portfolio assets.Technology & Innovation – Global: FAQ on the risks and opportunities of stablecoins Stablecoins, a digital currency, have many potential uses in banking and finance. They also pose risks that if left unaddressed could undermine financial stability and monetary sovereignty.Financial Institutions – Cross Region: G-7 call to step up dialogue on digital currencies is likely to hasten disintermediation of banks and payments providers Although digital currencies potentially will generate significant public benefits, a direct link between customers and public money risks disintermediating payment companies and banks.
7/14/202114 minutes, 49 seconds
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Inflation’s return is a net positive for global banks, US life insurers

Madhavi Bokil, Alexios Philippides and Laura Bazer explain how banks’ profit margins and US life insurers’ portfolio yields will benefit from rising inflation and a steeper yield curve in several advanced economies. Plus, Joe Pucella discusses the outlook for US commercial real estate lenders and Neal Epstein talks about Federal Reserve actions that helped money market funds stave off the risk of negative yields.Inside this episode:Joe Pucella discusses the outlook for US commercial real estate lenders and Neal Epstein talks about Federal Reserve actions that helped money market funds stave off the risk of negative yields. (begins at 2:26 mins)Madhavi Bokil, Alexios Philippides and Laura Bazer explain how banks’ profit margins and US life insurers’ portfolio yields will benefit from rising inflation and a steeper yield curve in several advanced economies. (begins at 9:16 mins)Related content:Commercial Real Estate Lenders – US: Change in outlook to stable from negative reflects recovering demand and asset values - We expect property demand and asset values to rise in many CRE sub-sectors over the next 12-18 months, and improved conditions will support the asset quality of lenders' loan portfolios.Money Market Funds – US: Fed's key repo rate increase throws lifeline to money market funds - The demand for high-quality short-term investments is outstripping supply, causing yields to hover near zero. Money market fund returns, and sponsor fees, will remain compressed.Banks – Global: Interest rate cycle shift bodes well for banks' profitability - Rising long-term interest rates are driving a gradual steepening in the yield curve in a number of countries. Provided the trend continues it will boost banks' margins in these jurisdictionsMacroeconomics – US: US inflation indicators rise, but the increase is likely temporary - Inflation measures show acceleration in inflation due to base effects, one-off price increases and surging demand. We expect inflation to temporarily rise, eventually settling around 2%.Life Insurance – US: Life Insurers US: a little inflation is credit positive; a sizable spike would hurt - A modest rise in long-term interest rates, will give a boost to life insurers’ investment income and spread-based earnings 
6/30/202118 minutes, 23 seconds
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Industry outlooks for global insurance and asset management return to stable in strengthening economy

Manoj Jethani, Laura Bazer and Rory Callagy discuss the reasons for returning the outlooks for global and US life insurance and global asset management to stable from negative. Plus, James Eck updates us on Puerto Rico’s debt settlements.Inside this episode: James Eck updates us on Puerto Rico’s debt settlements. (begins at 1:53 mins)Manoj Jethani, Laura Bazer and Rory Callagy discuss the reasons for returning the outlooks for global and US life insurance and global asset management to stable from negative. (begins at 7:03 mins)Related content:Assured Guaranty Ltd. and MBIA Inc. Proposed Puerto R ico GO and revenue bond settlements clarify recovery rates for financial guarantors - With the significant majority of the guarantors’ Puerto Rico exposures now covered by settlement agreements, we have updated our exposure analysis for the financial guarantors.Life Insurance - US Strengthening US economy supports return to stable outlook - As the vaccine rollout progresses, the improving health and mobility of the US population will spur growth in insurance sales, revenue, and profits.Life Insurance – Cross Region Outlook revised to stable from negative - We have changed the outlook for the global life insurance sector to stable from negative for 2021.Asset Management – Global Outlook changes to stable on higher financial markets, stronger flows - The return to stable reflects a clear improvement in the industry's operating conditions.
6/16/202116 minutes
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Climate change casts a cloud on bank asset quality and financial strength

Alberto Postigo and Alka Anbarasu discuss the threat of climate change to banks’ asset quality. Plus, Megan Fox and Steve Tu talk about the effects on banks and asset managers of the Biden administration’s new executive order on climate-related financial risk, and Sid Ghosh tells us whether businesses around the world can get insurance coverage for disrupted operations during the pandemic.Inside this episode:Megan Fox and Steve Tu talk about the effects on banks and asset managers of the Biden administration’s new executive order on climate-related financial risk, and Sid Ghosh tells us whether businesses around the world can get insurance coverage for disrupted operations during the pandemic. (begins at 2:37)Alberto Postigo and Alka Anbarasu discuss the threat of climate change to banks’ asset quality. (begins at 8:06)Related content:Insurance – Global: As coronavirus claims slow, risk to profitability recedes - Global coronavirus (re)insured losses will be contained within earnings as losses slow in 2021.Property & Casualty – US: Coronavirus litigation favors US insurers; legislative changes have mixed implications - US courts have largely sided with (re)insurers in litigation related to business interruption insurance, though a large number of cases are still pending.Banks – US: Biden order aims for coordinated assessment and mitigation of banks' climate-related financial risks, a credit positive - The oversight is credit positive for banks because it will contain their financial risk from climate-related and environmental risks.Asset Management – US: Biden executive order on climate-related financial risk benefits ESG focused asset managers  - The executive order clears the way to remove restrictions the prior administration had placed on investing in ESG, which has been a key growth area for asset managers.Banking – Global: Climate change to force further business model transformation for ban - Climate change creates operational and strategic challenges for banks globally as governments transition towards low-carbon economic models, and as physical climate risks become more acute.Banks – Asia-Pacific: Climate risks are growing, with large, diversified banks better positioned to cope - Large, diversified banks are inherently less susceptible to climate risks from a single location or industry. Also, they have been proactive in devising strategies to deal with such risks. 
6/2/202117 minutes, 42 seconds
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Regulators again try to rein in money market funds’ systemic risks

Vanessa Robert and Marina Cremonese of the Funds and Asset Management team discuss new money market fund regulations proposed in the US and EU after a material flight to quality shook short-term credit markets last year. Plus, Svetlana Pavolva of the Banking team explains the significant social risks facing banks in Commonwealth of Independent States countries.Inside this episode:Svetlana Pavolva of the Banking team explains the significant social risks facing banks in Commonwealth of Independent States countries. (begins at 3:26)Vanessa Robert and Marina Cremonese of the Funds and Asset Management team discuss new money market fund regulations proposed in the US and EU after a material flight to quality shook short-term credit markets last year. (begins at 10:31)Related content:Banks – Commonwealth of Independent States: “Civil unrest and demographic changes pose substantial social risks - Banks in the region are facing substantial social risks stemming from demographic and societal trends, as well as customer relations.Money Market Funds – Cross Region: Money market funds face more rule changes after coronavirus turmoil - Regulators intend to review MMF rules this year after the financial market impact of the coronavirus crisis in March 2020 raised concerns about the sector's systemic risk.Money Market Funds – US: Funds face bear market on flight to quality - Money market funds face two main risks: uneconomic yields on Treasury and government funds and sharp NAV declines for credit-sensitive funds. 
5/19/202119 minutes, 46 seconds
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Inflation rattles emerging markets finance; government support slips for petro state banks

Gersan Zurita of the Credit Strategy and Research team and Semyon Isakov of the Banking team discuss rising inflation in some key emerging markets. Plus, Felipe Carvallo and Mik Kabeya of the Banking team talk about slipping government support for banks in economies that are heavily dependent on oil.Inside this episode:Felipe Carvallo and Mik Kabeya of the Banking team talk about slipping government support for banks in economies that are heavily dependent on oil. (begins at 2:04)Gersan Zurita of the Credit Strategy and Research team and Semyon Isakov of the Banking team discuss rising inflation in some key emerging markets. (begins at 6:48)Related content:Banking System Outlook Update – Mexico: Negative outlook on prolonged recovery and deteriorating government support - We maintain our negative outlook for the Mexican banking system in line with our expectation that less predictable policy response will weigh on economic recovery and government support.Banking System Outlook Update - Saudi Arabia: Negative outlook reflects asset quality pressure and weakening government support - Our outlook for the Saudi banking system is negative. The outlook reflects our view of how the banks' creditworthiness will evolve over the next 12 to 18 months.Banks – Russia: Climbing inflation will boost large bank dominance amid structural shift in funding - Rising inflation has turned real yields on deposits negative, hastening the movement of savings out of term deposits, which will boost large banks dominance.Macroeconomics – Latin America: Pace of inflation quickens but long-term implications will depend on any sustained acceleration - Basic commodity prices have risen by 50% on average over the last 12 months across Latin America, with differing drivers and effects by country. 
5/5/202116 minutes, 18 seconds
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US life insurance industry transforms itself through M&A

Bob Garofalo and Laura Bazer of the Insurance team explain the drivers behind all the M&A transactions in the life insurance industry, and what they mean for credit when the buyers are private-equity firms. Plus, Donald Robertson of the Banking team and Jasper Cooper of the Insurance team answer questions about Archegos and the recent cyber attack on insurer CNA.Inside this episode:Donald Robertson of the Banking team and Jasper Cooper of the Insurance team answer questions about Archegos and the recent cyber attack on insurer CNA (begins at 2:11)Bob Garofalo and Laura Bazer of the Insurance team explain the drivers behind all the M&A transactions in the life insurance industry, and what they mean for credit when the buyers are private-equity firms (begins at 6:39)Related content:Banks – Global: Archegos default highlights credit-negative risk opacity in banks’ prime brokerage activities - Credit Suisse and Nomura reported the possibility of incurring significant losses associated with a hedge fund defaultCNA Financial Corporation: Cybersecurity attack disrupts systems including webpage - The cyberattack could increase CNA's expenses and its reputational and regulatory risks, but its profitability and solid capital position mitigate risks. Its ratings are unchanged.Life Insurance – US: Companies transform business models via M&A, prepare for post-COVID world - Disruptions in life insurers' business models causing the sector to focus on what mattersLife Insurance – US: PE-driven M&A: good for life insurance sellers, less so for remaining policyholders - Robust PE capital markets provide strategic solutions for sellers, but policyholders and creditors can be exposed to greater financial risk under new PE owner.
4/21/202115 minutes, 38 seconds
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Asset managers find new frontiers for growth; African banks’ environmental risk rises

Fresh off the Asset Management team’s virtual conference, Rory Callagy highlights how asset managers are finding growth – sometimes through acquisitions – in ESG, alternative investments and software solutions. Plus Antonello Aquino of the Banking team discusses the growing environmental risks African banks confront. Inside this episode:Rory Callagy highlights how asset managers are finding growth – sometimes through acquisitions – in ESG, alternative investments and software solutions. (begins at 2:17)Antonello Aquino of the Banking team discusses the growing environmental risks African banks confront. (begins at 8:11)Related content:  Asset Management Week - Available On-Demand​​ - Explore highlights of this 4-day event covering topics such as ESG and its impact on credit, active asset management, rise of M&A, and much more.​Moody's Asset Management Week – Recap: Asset managers scale up to gain edge in ESG, technology, alternative investments - In a fragmented, growth-challenged industry, scale is helping firms obtain technology, expertise and products – including ESG and alternatives – that give them a competitive advantage.Banks – Africa: Banks begin to take stock of intensifying environmental threats - African banks face climate change risk through large loans extended to environmentally sensitive sectors and through the government bonds they hold on their balance sheets 
4/7/202114 minutes, 56 seconds
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Outlook for many banking sectors across the globe turns stable as economies start to recover

In a special episode of our Focus on Finance podcast series, Stephen Long, Louise Lundberg and Eugene Tarzimanov of the Banking team join host Carolyn Henson to discuss the prospects for banks around the globe as government economic support measures start to unwind and banks brace for a substantial rise in loan defaults. Many economies are set to rebound this year but banks must factor in continuing uncertainty over the future course of the pandemic.Related content:Banking System Outlook - South Africa:  Weak economy, deteriorating loan quality and profitability drive our negative outlookBanking System Outlook Update – Mexico: Negative outlook on prolonged recovery and deteriorating government supportBanking System Outlook Update – Japan: Long-running structural challenges in a weak economy drive negative outlookBanking System Outlook Update – India: Potential weakening of government ability to provide support drives negative outlookBanking System Outlook Update – Germany: Outlook for German banks remains negative
3/31/202110 minutes, 57 seconds
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Cybersecurity is strongest at larger financial institutions and those with good cyber communication

With cyber risk on the rise, Lesley Ritter of the Cyber Risk team and Megan Fox, Michael Dion and Rokhaya Cisse of the Financial Institutions team discuss our survey and findings on banks’, insurers’ and asset managers’ preparedness for a cyberattack. Related content:Cyber Risk – Global: 2021 Outlook – Cyber vulnerabilities in software supply chains, rising cost of ransomware will be key risksCross-Sector – Global: Credit implications of cyber risk will hinge on business disruptions, reputational effectsCyber Risk – Global: Sunburst attack on public and private entities raises credit risks as extent of breach unfoldsBanks – North America: Cybersecurity strength rests on governance and preventionInsurers, Insurance Brokers and Asset Managers - Global: Survey signals cybersecurity strength, with some differences across sectors, regions.Insurance – US: Surge in ransomware claims drives cyber insurance prices higherP&C Insurance — Global: Battling hidden cyber exposures, insurers position for growing opportunity
3/24/202117 minutes, 14 seconds
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Financial regulators sharpen climate risk focus, asset managers see ESG investments bloom

Brandan Holmes of the Insurance team and James Leaton of the ESG team discuss why global regulators are zeroing in on financial sector climate risks. Plus, the Asset Management team’s Steve Tu talks about how and why US ESG investments are surging in popularity, and Francisco Uriostegui discusses the benefits and challenges for Mexican pension funds of incorporating ESG screening into investment decisions.Inside the episode:Brandan Holmes of the Insurance team and James Leaton of the ESG team discuss why global regulators are zeroing in on financial sector climate risks.  (begins at)Steve Tu of the Asset Management team talks about how and why US ESG investments are surging in popularity, and Francisco Uriostegui discusses the benefits and challenges for Mexican pension funds of incorporating ESG screening into investment decisions. (begins at)Asset Management Week - Register today!Join Moody’s the week of March 22nd for 4 days of in-depth discussion as we look to answer the question – How are asset managers allocating their capital and efforts to invest in the future growth and competitiveness?Related content:ESG – Global: 2021 outlook – Stimulus, transparency and policy alignment to amplify ESG trend  - As the global economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, ESG issues will assume greater importance in the actions of policymakers, regulators, investors and corporate decisionmakers.Insurance – Global: Global insurance regulators increase focus on climate risk  - Regulators around the world are encouraging the insurance industry to improve its understanding of, and ability to manage, the financial risks related to climate change.Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re, Zurich: Retreat from coal reduces liability and stranded asset risk, a credit positive  - Major European (re)insurers are limiting their investment and underwriting exposure to coal. This protects them against climate change liability risk, and the risk of asset stranding.Financial Institutions – Europe: BoE climate change stress tests will reinforce risk management for banks and insurers - Climate change stress tests are credit positive as they will help banks and insurers understand the consequences of climate change for their business, and support their risk management.Insurance – Global: The impact of environmental, social and governance risks on insurance ratings - In this report we explore the environmental, social and governance risks that insurers face, and explain how we incorporate them into our insurance ratings.Funds & Asset Management – US: ESG investment outperformance overcomes investor hesitancy, a key barrier to growth - Environmental, social and governance themed investments have become one of the best performing investment categories in recent years, paving the way for continued growth of this strategy.Asset Managers – Global: Beyond passive, ESG investing is the next growth frontier for asset managers  - ESG is a unique growth opportunity for asset managers because it promises to deliver value in a more holistic manner, getting beyond investment outperformance which is a zero sum game.Funds & Asset Management – Mexico: ESG factors improve risk analysis, but adoption will take time with market limitations - ESG investing could provide useful framework to pension asset managers, but significant changes will be gradual given fewer investment options in the local market and legacy portfolios.
3/10/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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Pivotal changes lie ahead for US financial market infrastructure, German and Indian banks

Donald Robertson and Fadi Massih of the Securities and Exchanges team size up the implications that the recent social media-powered short squeeze has for US retail brokers, market makers, clearinghouses and exchanges. Plus, Swen Metzler spotlights German banks’ pressing need to rein in costs, and Alka Anbarasu tells us which Indian banks will win the race to go digital.Inside this episode:Swen Metzler spotlights German banks’ pressing need to rein in costs, and Alka Anbarasu tells us which Indian banks will win the race to go digital (begins at 3:01).Donald Robertson and Fadi Massih of the Securities and Exchanges team size up the implications that the recent social media-powered short squeeze has for US retail brokers, market makers, clearinghouses and exchanges (begins at 12:04). Related content:Banks – Germany: Large cost cuts are needed to stay profitable - German banks' high costs make them among the least profitable in Europe. That will need to change in face of further declining revenues.Banks – India: SBI, large private sector banks stand to gain from digitalization accelerated by pandemic - As social distancing measures boost demand for digital financial services, large banks capable of accelerating digitalization are well positioned to benefit.Securities & Exchanges – US: Retail trader short-squeeze has substantial market infrastructure implications - Recent market events and volatility have opened the prospect that authorities may propose changes to the US financial market infrastructure. We explore some possible proposals. 
2/24/202119 minutes, 49 seconds
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Developed world demographic trends threaten financial firms’ revenue growth

A dwindling number of workers in developed economies will support a growing share of retirees, and growth and profitability are declining for banks, insurers and asset managers. Young Kim of the Insurance team and Tomoya Suzuki of the Banking team examine how South Korea’s insurers and Japan’s regional banks are turning demographics into opportunities, while Dean Ungar of the Asset Management team zeroes in on US asset managers’ future.Inside this episode:Young Kim of the Insurance team and Tomoya Suzuki of the Banking team examine how South Korea’s insurers and Japan’s regional banks are turning demographics into opportunities. (begins at 2:35)Dean Ungar of the Asset Management team zeroes in on US asset managers’ future. (begins at 11:35)Related content:Insurers – South Korea: Aging population a key challenge despite some opportunities - Insurers face rising risks from a growing weakness in mainstream products, along with higher competition in longevity products, which could weaken their underwriting discipline.Regional banks – Japan: Population aging and coronavirus-driven digitization can create opportunities - Banks can benefit from growing demand for services related to population aging, while increasing adoption of digital banking services will enable banks to cut costs by using technology.Sovereigns – Global: Ageing-related credit pressure to rise in 2030s in advanced economies- Absent measures that raise productivity growth or reduce spending, the fastest-ageing economies face a weakening in economic and fiscal strength. Asset Managers — US: Demographic trends point to future struggle to grow assets under management - Working-age population growth is slowing dramatically, the elderly population will grow significantly and live longer, and younger generations will be less wealthy.  
2/10/202119 minutes, 59 seconds
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As China opens markets, foreign securities, asset management firms seek rewards

Lan Wang of the Banking team and Lillian Li of the Credit Strategy & Research team discuss why China’s move to open up its domestic financial markets to foreign securities firms potentially benefits all parties, despite operational hurdles. Plus, Marina Cremonese of the Asset Management team joins Lan to talk about the future for asset managers seeking to grow their businesses in China. Inside this episode:Lan Wang of the Banking team and Lillian Li of the Credit Strategy & Research team discuss why China’s move to open up its domestic financial markets to foreign securities firms potentially benefits all parties, despite operational hurdles. (begins at 1:48)Marina Cremonese of the Asset Management team joins Lan to talk about the future for asset managers seeking to grow their businesses in China. (begins at 9:54)Related content:Securities & Exchanges – China: Market opening to foreign companies is good news, but constraints remain - Removal of foreign ownership limit is a significant move for industry liberalization and will create new opportunities for foreign firms, but there remains substantial hurdles for entrants.Credit Conditions – Global: COVID-19 will quicken shift to tripolar economy, with widespread negative  - The continued move toward a tripolar economy with the US, China and the EU as its pillars will have credit ramifications for a broad range of industries and countries.Asset Management – Cross Region: Foreign asset managers will need to play long game to succeed in China - Foreign asset managers entering the Chinese market will need to invest significantly and accept that it will take time to achieve profitable growth.      
1/27/202120 minutes, 6 seconds
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Outlook stable for global investment banks, negative for most global finance companies

Donald Robertson and Ana Arsov of the Banking team explain how the lessons global investment banks learned from the financial crisis better prepared them to withstand coronavirus stresses, and how strong capital markets revenue buffered the large loan-loss provisions they booked during 2020. Plus, Mark Wasden and Bruno Baretta of the Banking team explore how coronavirus effects are driving the negative outlook for most global finance companies.Inside this episode:Mark Wasden and Bruno Baretta of the Banking team explore how coronavirus effects are driving the negative outlook for most global finance companies (begins at 2:13).Donald Robertson and Ana Arsov of the Banking team explain how the lessons global investment banks learned from the financial crisis better prepared them to withstand coronavirus stresses, and how strong capital markets revenue buffered the large loan-loss provisions they booked during 2020 (begins at 9:19).Related content:Finance Companies - Global: 2021 outlook is negative (Slides) - Our outlook for finance companies globally is negative to reflect ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, though several subsectors have been more resilient through adverse conditions.Asset Management Companies (AMCs) – China: AMCs' participation in bank restructuring reinforces their policy role but weakens standalone credit profile - Aside from acquiring and disposing bad loans, AMCs are performing a growing range of functions to facilitate the restructuring of distressed banks.Global Investment Banks: 2021 outlook stable as diverse businesses, strong capital, liquidity and funding ease pandemic-related asset quality pressure (Slides) - Diverse, profitable businesses along with strengthened capital and liquidity will shield the global investment banks against pandemic-related asset quality deterioration in 2021.
1/13/202122 minutes, 40 seconds
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Outlook negative for global banks, life insurance, reinsurance; stable for P&C insurance

Laura Bazer and Dominic Simpson of the Insurance team and Greg Bauer and Sophia Lee of the Banking team discuss how a fragile economic recovery, low interest rates and uncertainty about renewal of government support measures are among the drivers of negative outlooks for global banks, life insurers and reinsurers (begins at 1:55). P&C insurers will benefit in the difficult operating environment from lower auto claims, strong capital, and the mandatory nature of certain products.Inside this episode:Life insurance, reinsurance and P&C insurance 2021 Outlook (begins at 1:55)Banking 2021 Outlook (begins at 11:20)Related content:Banks – Global 2021 Outlook - Global banks entered the coronavirus crisis with strong balance sheets but still face substantial risk in 2021. Ongoing low interest rates, digitalization and ESG compliance will continue toReinsurance – Global 2021 Outlook - Uncertainty around coronavirus-related losses, along with low interest rates, shrinking reserve releases and more expensive retrocessional coverage will weaken reinsurers’ profitability.P&C Insurance – Global 2021 Outlook - 2021 Outlook stable on strong capital, commercial prices (Slides)Life Insurance – Global 2021 Outlook - Ultralow interest rates underpin our negative outlook; Covid-19 mortality and related economic fallout have hurt profitability and investments less than we expected
12/16/202020 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pandemic drives negative outlook for global asset managers, emerging markets financial institutions

Rokhaya Cisse and Marina Cremonese of the Asset Management team explore why the pandemic fallout has dimmed revenue prospects and made growth harder for asset managers. Plus, Celina Vansetti-Hutchins looks at how a difficult operating environment and elevated asset risk are driving our negative outlook for financial institutions in emerging markets.​​​ Inside this episode:Celina Vansetti-Hutchins looks at how a difficult operating environment and elevated asset risk are driving our negative outlook for financial institutions in emerging markets.​​​ (begins at 1:58)Rokhaya Cisse and Marina Cremonese of the Asset Management team explore why the pandemic fallout has dimmed revenue prospects and made growth harder for asset managers. (begins at 8:35) Related content:Asset Management - Global: 2021 outlook negative as coronavirus crisis intensifies long-term headwinds (Slides) - Increased market volatility, an uneven economic recovery and competitive environment in the ongoing pandemic will likely weaken global asset managers’ revenue and hamper growth amid an increased cost of doing business as regulators intensify their review of asset managers’ products and activities.Financial Institutions – Emerging Markets: 2021 outlook negative as operating environments heal from pandemic and asset risk remains a wild card  - Banks face challenging conditions and loomin​g asset risk, while pressures on insurers’ capital are rising despite lockdown-driven one-off gains from fewer claims having boosted profitability.  
12/2/202019 minutes, 11 seconds
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Coronavirus-driven economic shock weakens insurance and bank assets

Edoardo Calandro, David Fanger and Daniel Yu of the Banking team zero in on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on bank loans in the UK, US and Australia. Plus, Shachar Gonen of the Insurance team and Keith Banhazl of the Structured Finance team look at how much the slowdown in commercial real estate will weaken US life insurers’ CMBS holdings.​ Inside this episode:Shachar Gonen of the Insurance team and Keith Banhazl of the Structured Finance team look at how much the slowdown in commercial real estate will weaken US life insurers’ CMBS holdings.​ (begins at 2:10)Edoardo Calandro, David Fanger and Daniel Yu of the Banking team zero in on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on bank loans in the UK, US and Australia. (begins at 7:48)Related content:Life Insurance – US: Credit deterioration picks up in CMBS holdings but capital is resilient. CMBS remains a moderate component in US life insurers’ investment portfolios. The industry’s CMBS credit quality remains strong and capital levels are robust to absorb deterioration.CMBS-US: Moody's DQT - New delinquencies suppressed by temporary relief of forbearance and loan modification agreements. Moody’s CMBS conduit loan Delinquency Tracker (DQT) decreased to 7.51% in September 2020, as forbearance and other loan modifications provide loan relief.Financial Institutions — Banks – Cross Region: Pandemic induced credit losses set to rise. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many countries into recession, leading to a deterioration in credit conditions that will trigger a significant increase in bank loan losses.
11/18/202019 minutes, 22 seconds
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Digital disruption opens emerging markets opportunity for banks, sparks competition in developed economies

Inside this episode:Banks will benefit from an increased customer base as accelerated digitalization makes financial services available to unbanked populations in emerging markets. But traditional banks face competition as big tech firms impinge on payment services and central banks explore creating their own digital currencies as a defensive move.​​​​​​​Related content:Banks – Emerging Markets: Technology is deepening financial inclusionBanks – China, Europe, and US: Digitalization is breaking banks' historical dominance in retail paymentsBanking – Global: Central bank digital currencies would compound digital disruption for banks 
11/4/202019 minutes, 31 seconds
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Policy shift risks transforming US health insurers; global insurers gird for climate risk

Original publish date: October 21, 2020Inside this episode:Simon Ainsworth and James Eck of the Insurance team discuss the latest developments in global insurers’ efforts to assess and manage climate risk. ​​​​​(begins at 2:27)​​Stefan Kahandaliyanage of the Insurance team lays out the risks US health insurers face from a policy drive toward a public insurance option. (begins at 10:04)Related content:Health Insurance – US: Policy drive toward transformation of health insurance poses risks to profitability - Proposals to create a public health insurance option would likely reduce earnings at our rated companies to varying degrees, with more expansive options having a larger impact.P&C Insurance and Reinsurance – Global: Climate change risks outweigh opportunities for P&C (re)insurers - P&C (re)insurers have significant exposure to the economic consequences of climate change, including risks arising from catastrophe exposures, claims on liability policies, and investmentInsurance – Europe: Insurers increasingly engaged as ESG risks and opportunities come into focus - European insurers see environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues as an area of strategic focus, and expect them to have a moderately adverse impact on underwriting risk.Financial Institutions – Europe: BoE climate change stress tests will reinforce risk management for banks and insurers - Climate change stress tests are credit positive as they will help banks and insurers understand the consequences of climate change for their business, and support their risk management.Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re, Zurich: Retreat from coal reduces liability and stranded asset risk, a credit positive  - Major European (re)insurers are limiting their investment and underwriting exposure to coal. This protects them against climate change liability risk, and the risk of asset stranding.Moody’s Banking Series - ​​The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​
10/21/202018 minutes, 27 seconds
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Banks’ battle with low rates goes global; financial institutions prepare to leave Libor

Original publish date: October 7, 2020Inside this episode:Olivier Panis of the Banking team and Stefan Kahandaliyanage of the Asset Management team update financial institutions’ readiness for the transition away from Libor in 2021.​​​ (begins at 1:34)As policy rates continue to decline globally, Banking team member Laurie Mayers examines the effect on UK banks, while Shunsaku Sato does so for Japanese banks and Farooq Khan for Brazilian banks. (begins at 7:34)Related content:Financial Institutions – Global: IBOR phaseout 15 months away, but hurdles could stretch beyond finish line - We surveyed 85 banks and non-bank financial institutions to gauge their preparedness for the transition to overnight Alternative Reference Rates from IBOR-linked contracts.Banks – Japan: Low rates and slow cost-cutting amid excess capacity will keep profitability weak - Banks in Japan will continue to face ultralow rates as extremely accommodative monetary policy remains in place, while having difficulty in cutting costs due to structural rigidity.Banks – United Kingdom: Low for longer rates will exacerbate margin pressure for UK banks - With rates likely to stay low for longer than expected as a result of the coronavirus crisis, we expect pressure on UK banks' margins to intensify.Banks – Brazil: Net interest margins will be tested as rates stay low for longer - Brazilian banks will face margin pressure from higher funding costs and increased competition, despite a positively sloped yield curve amid record low rates and recovering economy .Moody’s Banking Series - ​​The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​
10/7/202017 minutes, 52 seconds
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Large global banks prepared to weather pandemic; Latin American banks’ asset quality at risk

Original publish date: September 23, 2020Inside this episode:Peter Nerby and Michael Rohr of the Banking team discuss how global systemically important banks entered the coronavirus crisis with healthier balance sheets, capital and liquidity than before the last global downturn (begins at 8:14). Ceres Lisboa explains how Latin American banks risk a sharp deterioration in asset quality as payment deferrals and government aid lapse (begins at 2:05).​Related content:Banks – Latin America: Coronavirus resets economies at lower base driving asset risks in 2020 and beyond - Banks face uneven effects of pandemic as contagion continues. Deferrals and government aid help but asset risks are rising. Reserve buffers are only adequate to absorb a mild loss scenario. Banks – Global: Biggest banks are better set to withstand COVID-19 stress than banks as a whole - The 30 global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) are better prepared to withstand the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than the universe of Moody’s-rated banks as a whole. BAC, CS, JPM, MS and UBS: Stable wealth-management arms of largest Swiss and US banks are a credit positive offset to COVID-19 disruption - We compare the wealth management divisions of the five largest global investment banks (BAC, CS, JPM, MS and UBS) rated by us and assess their prospects for the future. Moody’s Banking Series - ​​The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​
9/23/202019 minutes, 41 seconds
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Coronavirus shock turns reinsurance outlook negative and accelerates life insurers digital transformation

Original publish date: September 9, 2020Inside this episode:James Eck explains why threats to profitability turned the outlook on global reinsurers negative. (begins at 1:20)Laura Bazer tells us how the coronavirus shock jolted global life insurers into a new, more digital future. (begins at 7:04)Related content:Reinsurance – Global Outlook turns negative as profitability weakens, despite higher pricing - Our negative outlook on the reinsurance sector reflects uncertainty around coronavirus-related losses, as well as persistent low interest rates and lower reserve releases.Life Insurance – Global: Life insurers go virtual, tech sorts winners from losers post coronavirus - Technology will be a key differentiator of life insurers in the future.Moody’s Banking Series - ​​The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​_   
9/9/202015 minutes, 58 seconds
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Coronavirus turns up heat on European insurers and India’s public-sector banks

Original publish date: August 26, 2020Inside this episode:Antonello Aquino from the Insurance team explains why European insurers are giving back premiums now and might have to cover more claims later because of the pandemic. (begins at 1:59)Banking team analyst Alka Anbarasu details the government support India’s public-sector banks will need to maintain capital strength as credit costs rise in COVID-19’s wake. (begins at 9:09)​​​​​​​​​Related content:Coronavirus fallout will leave banks with capital shortages again- As the coronavirus outbreak hurts India's economy growth, sharp increases in credit costs will erode banks' profit. Consequently, banks will face large capital shortfalls again.Insurers face increasing social and legal risks arising from coronavirus- European non-life insurers are under political, social and legal pressure to surrender one-off profits generated during the coronavirus crisis or pay additional coronavirus-related claims.Moody’s Banking Series - The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​
8/26/202016 minutes, 47 seconds
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Pandemic amps up banks’ cyber risk, jolts money fund markets

Original publish date: August 12, 2020Inside this episode:Alessandro Roccati from the banking team explains how coronavirus-driven demand for contactless digital financial services, along with remote work, are raising the cyber threat to banks. (begins at 8:21)Steve Tu of the asset management team looks at how the latest US government intervention in money markets could signal an eventual phaseout of institutional prime funds. (begins at 1:45)Related content:Money Market Funds – US: Most recent intervention could mark a turning point for institutional prime funds - Large sponsors are now exiting the product rather than risking having to support their institutional prime funds.Cyber risk rises as coronavirus drives increased digital banking and remote work - Social distancing has increased digital banking and remote work by bank employees, leading to increased cyber risk. Most banks have developed cyber risk awareness and mitigation measures.Moody’s Banking Series - ​​The Series digital program is free and offers exclusive interviews, thematic panel discussions and regional deep dives.​
8/12/202016 minutes, 36 seconds