The 2020 pandemic brought various forms of disruption, hardship and human tragedy. Governments and businesses around the world had to rely on trial and error to find the best response.
There have been some high-profile corporate winners – companies that support home working, online delivery and logistics providers, packaging firms, some pharmaceuticals. But Covid has highlighted economic and social inequalities, and added “health poverty” to the lexicon.
There have also been many losers, with almost entire industries being downgraded to junk. But default rates have been low, due to massive government support programs, and a wave of mergers and acquisitions as larger firms with strong balance sheets swallow their struggling competitors. Good news for investment banks, who along with insurance companies have weathered the crisis well.
This report shows the key credit and solvency trends that emerged in 2020 and provides some pointers towards what we can expect in 2021.