Moody’s downgrades UK credit rating to Aa3 from Aa2, outlook stable

Moody’s cuts the United Kingdom

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This isn’t entirely unexpected but you hate to see it. Fitch recently affirmed the UK at AA-, which is the equivalent of Aa3. S&P remains one notch higher at AA but it’s under review.
Moody’s cited three reasons for the sovereign downgrade:


Moody’s on UK banks outlook

Via reuters

Via reuters
  • UK large domestic bank’s assets quality will take hit from COVID-19
  • UK’s bank capital to remain strong
  • UK domestic banks profitability to recover from 2021
  • Capiltilization will remain robust
  • Negative impact of COVID-19 will impact creditworthiness in line with duration and extent of crisis
  • Capital levels will remain stable over the 2020-2022 period broadly in line with end of 2019 levels.

Moody’s affirms USA credit rating at Aaa, outlook stable

Moody’s not interested in a lawsuit

Print all you like, spend all you like. No one is downgrading the USA after S&P did and the government sued them for $1.5B for mortgages. Even the company knew what it was all about.
At the same time, a country that prints its own money can’t default. But they can devalue.

Moody’s on the phase 1 US-China deal – will not resolve core differences

Moody’s downbeat not only on the trade deal …

  • says outlook for APAC corporates remains negative in 2020 amid slowing global growth and trade policy uncertainty
  • “while positive, the US-China trade agreement will not resolve core differences, dampening business sentiment globally”
  • global economic growth will remain lacklustre, with growth in the US and China decelerating to 1.7% and 5.8% respectively in 2020
  • expects major central banks, including US Fed ECB, & BOJ will maintain accommodative monetary policies

Dunno, at least until the November US election we can expect US-China differences to be swept under the carpet? Or, maybe not?

APAC is Asia-Pacific in case you are wondering.

Moody’s says global manufacturing outlook for 2020 is negative

Moody’s on the manufacturing outlook

  • Most manufacturign sectors will likely experience only modest profit growth or even slight declines in 2020
  • Agricultural, transportation and utilities end markets exhibit weak growth prospects
  • Aerospace and defense segment has strong growth prospects
  • Key drivers for global manufacturing include weak earnings growth expectations and deteriorating sentiment

If Moody’s track record is any indication, then now is the time to buy the stocks of manufacturers relating to agricultural, transportation and utilities industries.

Moody’s: Global economy will remain fragile in 2020

Moody’s weighs in with some commentary about the world economy

  • Global economy will remain fragile next year as risks to credit conditions rise
  • Rising political and geopolitical risks are exacerbating slow growth
  • That reduces economies’ abilities to respond to shocks
  • Trade uncertainty will continue to disrupt supply chains and weigh on investment
  • Overall global growth will remain lackluster amid deceleration in US and China
  • Recession risks will remain elevated in Europe and in the US
Adding that they do not expect a recession next year but recession risks are building amid a backdrop of trade policy uncertainty in the global economy.
They also mention that global interest rates will remain low and that yield curves are to remain flat for several years going forward.
I think this is pretty much the base-case scenario for the global economy at this point i.e. slow and sluggish growth with rising risks of things turning into something worse.
Any potential rebound in global trade and manufacturing conditions will likely take a few years to come about so if we can weather that storm, then perhaps the recession can will be kicked down the road again for a few more years.

Moodys Downgrades UK Outlook To Negative On “Brexit Paralysis”

Moody’s downgraded its outlook on Britain’s debt (currently rated Aa2) to negative from stable after the market close on Friday, saying Brexit had been a catalyst for an erosion in the country’s institutional strength, perceived “material deterioration” in UK governance, and that the country’s ability to set policy has weakened in the Brexit era along with its commitment to fiscal discipline.

The outlook cut represents a catch down to its competitors: the UK is currently rated AA by S&P and AA- at Fitch Ratings, with both companies having the UK on negative watch.

“It would be optimistic to assume that the previously cohesive, predictable approach to legislation and policymaking in the UK will return once Brexit is no longer a contentious issue, however that is achieved,” the ratings agency said adding that “the increasing inertia and, at times, paralysis that has characterized the Brexit-era policymaking process has illustrated how the capability and predictability that has traditionally distinguished the U.K.’s institutional framework has diminished.”

“The decline in institutional strength appears to Moody’s to be structural in nature and likely to survive Brexit given the deep divisions within society and the country’s political landscape,” Moody’s added.

The decision to put the UK on negative outlook even as Moody’s affirmed Britain’s Aa2 long-term issuer and senior unsecured ratings comes one month before an election that is likely to determine the future of Brexit. While the election will have a big impact on Brexit, this week has seen both sides escalate their spending pledges, drawing election battle lines with plans to end a decade of U.K. austerity. (more…)

Moody’s changes ratings outlook for eight Indian corporates to negative following sovereign outlook change -Full Text

Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has taken a number of rating actions on Indian non-financial corporates, following its earlier announcement that it has changed the outlook on India’s Baa2 sovereign rating to negative from stable.

As a result of the sovereign rating action, Moody’s has changed the outlook on the ratings of the following companies:

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL): Affirmed Baa2 foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings and revised outlook to negative from stable. Also affirmed the (P)Baa2 foreign currency senior unsecured rating on the MTN program. The ba1 baseline credit assessment (BCA) is affirmed.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL): Affirmed Baa2 foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured debt rating and revised outlook to negative from stable.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL): Affirmed Baa2 foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings and revised outlook to negative from stable. The ba1 BCA is affirmed.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC): Affirmed Baa1 local and foreign currency issuer rating; revised outlook to negative from stable. Also affirmed the (P)Baa1 foreign and local senior unsecured ratings on the MTN program. The baa1 BCA is affirmed.

Oil India Limited (OIL): Affirmed Baa2 local and foreign currency issuer and foreign currency senior unsecured debt ratings; revised outlook to negative from stable. The baa3 BCA is affirmed.

Petronet LNG Limited (PLL): Affirmed Baa2 foreign currency issuer rating; revised outlook to negative from stable.

Infosys Limited (Infosys): Affirmed A3 local currency issuer rating and revised outlook to negative from stable.

Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS): Affirmed A3 local currency issuer rating and revised outlook to negative from stable.

A full list of affected ratings is provided towards the end of this press release.


Moody’s lowers India’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’

Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday changed its outlook on India’s ratings to “negative” from “stable”, citing increasing risks that the country’s economic growth will remain lower than in the past.

The outlook partly reflects government and policy ineffectiveness in addressing economic weakness, which led to an increase in debt burden from already high levels, the ratings agency said. (

India’s economy grew only 5.0% year-on-year between April and June, its weakest pace since 2013, as consumer demand and government spending slowed amid global trade frictions.

Moody’s on Japan – A1 rating affirmed, stable outlook maintained

Moody’s affirms Japan’s A1 ratings; maintains stable outlook

  •  says expects Japan’s fiscal and debt metrics to stabilize in the next few years
  •  says Japan’s sovereign rating and outlook continue to be driven over medium term by impact of social considerations on economy and public finances
  •  says traction on economic reform likely to partly offset pressure on potential growth from population decline
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