Category Archives: S&P

Bridging the Volatility Gap between IG and HY

The goal of the S&P U.S. High Yield Low Volatility Corporate Bond Index is to construct a high-yield bond portfolio with low credit risk and low return volatility by applying a low volatility factor.  Does the index methodology truly deliver the effect of reducing volatility?  The back-tested results of the 17-year period ending Feb. 28, 2017, show that the S&P U.S. High Yield Low Volatility Corporate Bond Index may offer an intersection that bridges the volatility gap between the high-yield and investment-grade bond sectors, with increased return efficiency. Read more

How the Liquidity of S&P 500 Investment-Grade Bonds Compares Against Non-S&P 500 Bonds

Liquidity may be defined as the ability to buy or sell a bond within a reasonable period of time and at a reasonable price.  A simple way to compare two bonds is through the use of Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) daily volume data.  The data represents the daily aggregation of each reported trade throughout the day.  The existence of reported volume data can be indicative of the frequency of trading.  For example, if a bond has volume data for 20 of the last 22 trading days, then it trades relatively frequently—nearly every day.  The volume data itself can also indicate the size in which it trades daily.  For two bonds, we can compare the turnover rate, defined as the total volume traded in 22 days as a percentage of the amount outstanding.  For example, a bond may be considered more liquid relative to another one if a larger portion of its total outstanding is traded over a one-month period.

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Asian Asset Owners Are Leapfrogging Into ESG

Sustainable investing has become particularly popular in Europe, across many countries.  In the Asia Pacific region, certain countries such as Japan and Australia have shown stronger interest in ESG thanks to asset owner demand, availability of ESG data, and regulatory pressures.  In the last couple of years, we have seen some of Japan’s largest institutional investors, including the Government Pension Investment Fund, which is the biggest pension fund in the world, incorporating ESG into their investment practices.  This has had a major trickle-down effect on the investment value chain, from asset managers to providers of data.

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Aligning SDG Goals – The Next ESG Challenge

The term “sustainable development” has been in existence for decades — 30 years ago, in 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development proposed developing new ways to assess progress toward sustainable development in the “Brundtland Report.”

Historically, there was a lack of comprehensive goals or targets for “the future we want” and a lack of adequate monitoring of progress toward enduring human and environmental well-being.  This absence of an overarching framework limited the ability to assess progress toward attaining sustainable development.

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When Enough Is Enough: Assessing Credit Risk Of Companies With Incomplete Financials

Risk analysts are often confronted with incomplete financial information when dealing with private corporations, and therefore face gaps in their credit risk analysis. When this happens, some analysts may approximate missing financial values with industry averages, or forego the analysis altogether.
In his latest blog, Giorgio Baldassarri, Global Head of the Analytic Development Group, explains why taking a dual approach to credit risk analysis, that takes into account both the quantity and materiality of the exposures, is encouraged when there are missing financials.
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Green Bonds: Addressing Solvency II Benchmarking Requirements

Solvency II is the new region-wide supervisory framework for insurance and reinsurance companies operating in the European Union.  The new regime includes three pillars, calculation of capital reserves, management of risk and governance, and reporting to the national supervisory authority.  Moving to a risk-based approach in calculating solvency capital requirements (SCR) will require reassessment of investment choice.  Risky assets that will require a higher charge may become less appealing vis-à-vis a low risk asset, despite the expectation of better performance.

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Understanding Drivers Of Credit Risk

Since the introduction of Altman’s Z-score in 1968, there have been many statistical models that combine financial ratios, socio and macroeconomic factors with advanced mathematical techniques to estimate a company’s credit risk. In most instances, they will produce the same, or very comparable assessments; however, at times, due to the different “DNA” of the models, they can (and will) provide divergent credit risk assessments for the same companies.

In his latest whitepaper, Giorgio Baldassarri, Ph.D. discusses the differences and similarities of two of our fundamentals-based credit risk models, and how their outputs can help you distinguish the real drivers of risk.

2017 Retail Bankruptcies Set Record Pace – Which Companies Are Most At Risk?

2017 Retail Bankruptcies Set Record Pace – Which Companies Are Most At Risk?

If bankruptcies continue this year at their first-quarter pace, the Retail sector could join Oil & Gas as one of the most distressed industries of 2017. Already the number of bankruptcies year-to-date has come close to 2016’s total of 18.

In this article, we analyze the major trends converging to cause this march towards possible “Great Recession” credit risk levels in the retail markets, showcasing S&P Global Market Intelligence’s analysis of the 10 most vulnerable public US retail companies using our Probability of Default (PD) Fundamentals model.

How does increased credit risk in the retail sector affect your exposure?

 

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Measuring ESG Improvement: Impact Reporting Versus Impact Measurement

As the importance of ESG investing grows, especially in the U.S., the ability to quantify and measure the impact of an ESG-incorporated portfolio will become more relevant.  In evaluating performance, traditional investors focus on standard metrics such as return, risk, tracking error, and other familiar modern portfolio theory statistics; however, ESG investors require all of these metrics plus more.  They seek ways to quantify the impact of their ESG investing; therefore, it’s beneficial to know the basics of how providers are reporting impact.

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Webinar : When the rubber meets the road. IFRS 9 Implementation, May 18, 830am IST

Please call in for this informative webinar that will address some of the key issues surrounding the effective implementation of IFRS 9 (International Financial Reporting Standard) that comes into effect in 2018 for most major APAC markets. Some of the topics to be discussed include:
  • How market participants are addressing the issues of IFRS 9 – a survey of the landscape in Asia
  • Balancing different approaches in calculating Expected Credit Losses
  • Lessons learned from Europe – approaches and challenges
  • Implementation considerations in Asia – case study

Watch Our Live-Stream: Risk Management for Commercial Real Estate Financial Markets, May 9, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Commercial real estate (CRE) assets have staged a remarkable recovery since the depths of the great financial crisis, buoyed by a growing economy, low interest rates, and intense competition on the lending side. With the economy at a cyclical peak, interest rates that have started to go up, and cap rates at an all-time low in several CRE sectors, the risks seem skewed to the downside.
If you can’t join us for our live event exploring how to manage CRE risk, tune in to our live-streamed lunch-time keynote presentations on May 9 at 1pm ET.
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Webinar : Does a Particular Phase of an Economic Cycle Impact Corporate Credit Quality? Monday, 24th April 2017 India: 8:30 a.m. IST

Please join us for an informative Webinar to discuss recent research findings on How the Economic Cycle Drives Changes in Sectoral Credit Quality.

Paul Gruenwald, Chief Economist, Asia-Pacific, S&P Global Ratings and Paul Bishop, Director, Credit Analytics, S&P Global Market Intelligence will speak on the following topics:

  • The impact the economic cycle has on sectoral corporate credit quality
  • The sectors in the developed Asia-Pacific markets that have the highest fluctuations in credit quality based on a particular phase of the economic cycle
  • Current credit quality trends in Asia-Pacific markets and how to identify credit risk on a country and industry level using Probability of Default analysis

Date: Monday, 24th April 2017, Stay informed. Stay ahead. Register today!

India:  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

China/Hong Kong/Malaysia/Singapore/Taiwan/Philippines:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Japan/Korea:  12:00 p.m. – 13:00 p.m.

Sydney:  13:00 p.m. – 14:00 p.m

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Paul Gruenwald
Chief APAC Economist
S&P Global Ratings

Paul Gruenwald is the Chief Asia-Pacific Economist at S&P Global Ratings. Based in Singapore, he leads the economic research agenda and serves as the primary spokesperson on macro-economic matters across the region.

Before joining S&P Global Ratings, Paul spent almost five years at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) as the Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, where he was responsible for helping set and direct ANZ’s Asian and global economic research agenda, as well as building the bank’s economic research efforts and profile in the region. Previously, Paul worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for nearly 16 years, where he led the team producing the IMF’s Asian regional outlook reports. He was also the IMF Resident Representative to Hong Kong and Korea, the Deputy Chief of the China Division, and the country desk officer for Australia.

Paul has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics/Mathematics from the University of Texas.

Vishrut Rana
APAC Economist
S&P Global Ratings

Vishrut is Asia-Pacific Economist at S&P Global Rating. He furthers the team’s research on credit and its interlinkages with the macroeconomy. He supports the team’s role in analyzing key macroeconomic developments in the region.

Prior to S&P Global, Vishrut was with the Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing at Singapore Management University as a Research Associate. Vishrut recently completed his Ph.D. in Economics from Singapore Management University, where his research focused on business cycles, credit and its interaction with the economy, and financial intermediation.

Paul Bishop
Director, Credit Analytics
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Paul Bishop is a Director in S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Credit Analytics team, based in Singapore. He is the Product Lead for Credit Analytics Products in APAC. Paul has experience as a product manager in the credit and counterparty risk space and was previously the Product Manager for Ratings & Credit Content in EMEA, based in London. Prior to this Paul focused on market strategy covering Investment & Commercial Banks, Private Equity and Credit Markets. Before working at S&P Global, Paul was a Private Equity analyst focusing on the infrastructure asset class.

Clemens Thym
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Clemens Thym is Managing Director of S&P Global Market Intelligence in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for Risk Services, covering regional product and market development for ratings and credit data, research and analytics in Asia Pacific across the buy and sell side, lenders and corporates. He previously managed the S&P Capital IQ Desktop business and before that Standard & Poor’s Risk Solutions in Asia Pacific, where he helped lenders in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and other markets to develop, validate or enhance internal rating systems across a broad range of asset classes.

Clemens has extensive experience in credit analytics and their application to institutions in developed and emerging economies. Clemens is a thought leader and active speaker at conferences on various subjects of credit risk.

Clemens joined Standard & Poor’s Risk Solutions in 2001 in London. Prior to that, Clemens was a management consultant for with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt where he was responsible for credit risk management solutions and seminars on this subject as well as the assessment of the impact of the new Basel accord on banks. He conducted various projects as project manager or team leader in European wide projects.

Clemens holds a Master of International Economics and Business of the University of Innsbruck, Austria in a joint program with the University of New Orleans, USA.

Applying Equity Duration to Pension Fund Asset Allocation: A Review of S&P 500® Duration

Duration isn’t commonly associated with equities, but it should be.

Learn how to interpret measures of duration in the equity context and explore its essential role in portfolio immunization, risk management, and tactical asset allocation.

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Bridging the Volatility Gap between IG and HY

The goal of the S&P U.S. High Yield Low Volatility Corporate Bond Index is to construct a high-yield bond portfolio with low credit risk and low return volatility by applying a low volatility factor.  Does the index methodology truly deliver the effect of reducing volatility?  The back-tested results of the 17-year period ending Feb. 28, 2017, show that the S&P U.S. High Yield Low Volatility Corporate Bond Index may offer an intersection that bridges the volatility gap between the high-yield and investment-grade bond sectors, with increased return efficiency.

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Rising Interest Rates – Boon or Bane for Pan Asian Dividend Strategies?

In December 2016, the U.S. Fed raised the interest rate for the second time in the current rate hike cycle.  Three more rate hikes were expected for this year, one of which took place in March.  In a low interest rate environment, companies that have increasing dividends or offer high dividend yields look attractive to income-seeking market participants.  But the yield offered by these companies may be considered less competitive in a rising interest rate environment.  Exhibit 1 shows how various S&P DJI Asian dividend and REIT indices have performed in U.S. interest rate cycles since 2004.

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Monetary Cycles and the Fixed Income Market – What Can the Past Tell Us About the Current Cycle?

Rising rates are generally seen as bad news by fixed income market participants.  As rates go up, prices of fixed income assets are expected to go down.  However, returns (or losses) can vary depending on characteristics of the cycle, as well as the amount of income or carry available to cushion the decline in price.

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Index Basics: Calculating an Index’s Total Return

Total return indices deserve more attention.  They more closely represent what an investor participant actually takes home: the return of an index, plus dividends paid and reinvested in the index.  Their better-known counterparts, which only track price changes in securities—often called “price return indices”1—get all the fanfare (see “Dow Hits 20,000 for the First Time”).  Total return indices, on the other hand, are often quietly downloaded and placed in a chart halfway through a financial advisor’s presentation.

How Did Indian Equities and Fixed Income Fare in 2016?

What a year 2016 was—from concerns about slowing down of the Chinese economy and a surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU to a continued trend of low-to-negative interest rates among major economies globally, demonetization in India, the shocking victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, and finally, the U.S. Federal Reserve ending the year with a hike of 25 bps in short-term interest rates. Throughout the year, market participants kept asking “what next?”

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S&P Webcast : Asia-Pacific Sovereigns Rating Trends: 16 January 2017, 11AM SGT

Title: Asia-Pacific Sovereigns Rating Trends: January 2017

Please join us for a webcast and Q&A on 16 January 2017 on APAC  Sovereign Rating Trend.

Date and Time: 16th Jan, 2017 , 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong/ Singapore Time

 Key Discussion Points:

  • The number of Asia-Pacific sovereign ratings with negative outlooks remains at a level not seen since mid-2010, when the region was coming out of the global financial crisis.
  • 2017 economic prospects for much of the region are unlikely to be more supportive than in the past few years.
  • Political developments in the advanced economies add further uncertainties.
  • The implications of these and other developments for sovereign ratings in Asia-Pacific.

Speakers:

  • Kim Eng Tan , Senior Director, Sovereign Ratings
  • Craig Michaels, Director, Sovereign Ratings
  • YeeFarn Phua, Director, Sovereign Ratings


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You will receive the replay as long as you register, even if you end up missing it.

Important Note:You will need computer speakers or headphones to listen to the webcast. You may submit your questions for the speakers in real time via the web interface. Please test your system here at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.