While most issuers are coping with the increased interest costs brought on by the current problems in the short-term market, some of the most vulnerable may suffer deteriorating credit quality over a much longer time period, according to a rating agency.

A new report from Moody's Investors Service names a number of potential risks inherent in the current credit crunch. Unless the risks can be mitigated in ways that the rating agency mentions, they could eventually undercut issuers long-term credit quality. In reviews of hundreds of issuers, most have been able to weather the storm.

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