Moody’s Investors Service has launched a new monthly newsletter called CLO Interest to better inform investors on credit issues involving CLOs. The first edition was published today.

The new publication aims to summarize the rating agency’s perspective on the latest credit issues and news affecting CLOs for global market participants.

Highlights of today’s inaugural issue include: the exposure of U.S. CLOs to troubled U.S. automakers, consideration of CLOs having experienced an Event of Default as the exception or rule, and options Moody’s is considering as it updates the deep discount framework in rating CLOs.

The issue also includes summaries of CLO performance and ratings activities, which will be a regular feature of the new publication.

CLO Interest will have regular sections, namely: Market Pulse, Fundamental View, Moody’s Publications, and announcements. Market Pulse will track key market and performance statistics for CLOs while the Fundamental View section draws insight from the rating firm’s fundamental credit analysis and Moody’s

CLO Interest is published by the agency’s derivative group and is available on the firm’s Web site,

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