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Default, Transition, and Recovery: S&P Global Bond Markets' Weakest Links And Monthly Default Rates Oct 02 Product Image

Default, Transition, and Recovery: S&P Global Bond Markets' Weakest Links And Monthly Default Rates Oct 02

  • ID: 1787430
  • October 2002
  • Region: Global
  • Standard & Poors

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Abstract
Standard & Poor's today identified 58 of the weakest-rated global issuers, representing US$44 billion in rated bonds. This is an increase of five issuers but a decrease of US$2 billion in rated bonds from one month ago. These weakest-rated issuers have Standard & Poor's credit rating designations of triple-'C' or lower and are either on CreditWatch with negative implications or have a negative outlook. This group represents the lowest category before default. Globally, default rates, driven by Argentine defaults and continuing weak credit conditions in Europe, will surpass last year's investment-grade ratio of 0.24% and rival 2001's speculative-grade rate of 8.89%. Estimates for U.S. default rates this year have been revised. The downward revised forecast for the U.S. speculative-grade default...

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Research Type: Commentary
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