Moody’s To Rate Junk Bond Covenants

Credit rater will look at how much protection investors get from securities’ terms.

Moody’s Investors Service plans to begin grading the covenants of high-yield bonds based on how much protection investors get from the securities’ terms.

Each junk bond’s agreements will be scored on a one-to-five scale based on the rules for leverage, subordination and additional debt, according to an e-mailed statement from the New York-based firm. Moody’s said it plans to create an index that tracks covenant quality.

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