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In these uncertain economic times credit rating agencies have become a hot topic.

If we look at some recent events:

  • The downgrade of some European countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal,...

    The Eurozone crisis : aid packages for indebted euro zone countries
  • The controversial first ever downgrade of the AAA rating of the USA by S&P

It seems that any mention of a possible rating/outlook change causes panic on the markets and in the affected countries.

There are 3 big agencies that grade the risk level of the investing environment of a sovereign entity (national governments) :

  • Moody’s  about 40% market share
  • Standard & Poor’s about 40% market share
  • Fitch about 14% market share

This mashapp gives an overview of the ratings of the big three

See the differences between rating agencies

example USA AAA for Mood's and Fitch , AA+ for  S&P

Link : Sovereign Credit ratings Mashapp  


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