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Moody's Talks - Focus on Finance

Moody's Investors Service, Ana Arsov, Danielle Reed, Mark Wasden, Bruno Baretta, Donald Robertson

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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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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; W…
 
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 Anal…
 
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 Serv…
 
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 Serv…
 
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 Service Hosts: Danielle Reed, Vice President – Senior Research Writer, Moody’s …
 
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’…
 
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 Inves…
 
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 Pr…
 
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 P…
 
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 Invest…
 
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 Pres…
 
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 Preside…
 
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 S…
 
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…
 
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 Inv…
 
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, …
 
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 Of…
 
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 discu…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 co…
 
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 Mo…
 
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 ai…
 
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 Ukra…
 
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, mor…
 
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 a…
 
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 pro…
 
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…
 
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 climat…
 
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 regi…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 tal…
 
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 mea…
 
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…
 
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 fin…
 
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 …
 
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 o…
 
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 competitio…
 
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 State…
 
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: Despi…
 
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…
 
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’ readin…
 
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 tha…
 
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 Jethan…
 
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…
 
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 Stat…
 
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 Kab…
 
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 …
 
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