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Reka Janosik

Reka Janosik

Executive Director, MSCI Research

Reka Janosik is a member of MSCI’s risk management research team, where she currently focuses on climate risk. Her team works in close collaboration with the MSCI Climate Risk Center on carbon footprinting and quantifying the financial risk of climate change. Prior to her current role, Reka led the credit-derivatives-pricing team. She holds a master’s degree in financial mathematics from Corvinus University of Budapest.

Research and Insights

Articles by Reka Janosik

    How Climate Change Could Impact Credit Risk

    6 mins read Blog | Oct 20, 2021 | Reka Janosik, Thomas Verbraken

    Investors are increasingly focused on gauging the risks related to climate change. We investigated how various climate scenarios could impact the credit risk of portfolios. In one scenario, 16% of investment-grade issuers could migrate to high yield.

    CDS Fading as a Measure of Value in Emerging Markets

    5 mins read Blog | Jun 17, 2021 | Zoltan Fekete, Reka Janosik

    Credit investors use spreads to compare relative value and risk. Studies of emerging-market sovereign debt have shown that credit-default swaps tended to be a better measure of value than spreads computed from bonds. But is it still the case?

    The CDS Market Stayed Healthy amid COVID

    5 mins read Blog | Nov 23, 2020 | Zoltan Fekete, Reka Janosik

    Since the global financial crisis, many have expressed concern about the health and future of credit-default swaps. Could institutional investors find the liquidity they need to hedge credit risk in subsequent periods? We examine CDS liquidity during the COVID-19 crisis.

    The Risk of Risk Limits

    6 mins read Blog | Aug 5, 2020 | Reka Janosik, Thomas Verbraken

    In times of heightened volatility, risk limits can protect against equity-market drawdowns. While such measures can dampen portfolio losses, they may also have an impact on long-term returns, particularly in case of a sharp V-shaped market recovery.

    Credit in the COVID Crisis: Contagion, Valuation, Default

    Blog | May 6, 2020 | Hamed Faquiryan, Reka Janosik, Andras Rokob

    As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, credit markets deteriorated under the stress of a sharply diminished economic outlook. We analyze three indicators of credit-market conditions: default risk, relative value and contagion risk.

    Bond ETFs and underlying price uncertainty

    Blog | Apr 8, 2020 | András Bohák, Reka Janosik

    In the recent market meltdown, some fixed-income ETFs traded at discounts as high as 6% to net asset values, a level not seen since 2008. Could ETF prices deviate from the value of the underlying portfolio during market stress and leave investors exposed to losses on top of the falling bond prices?

    Have High-Yield ETFs Created Liquidity Risk?

    Blog | Mar 27, 2019 | Reka Janosik

    In the fourth quarter of 2018, redemptions of high-yield ETFs soared to approximately 25% of these funds’ assets under management (AUM), according to data provider IHS Markit.