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UK loses AAA rating (sovereign debt ratings)

The decision of the credit rating agency Moody’s to downgrade the United Kingdom from AAA to Aa1 has been widely reported in the news recently.

Bankscope gives access to the current sovereign debt ratings from Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and  Fitch.

At the Bankscope home page, select Help and Country ratings list:

Bankscope country ratings (sovereign debt ratings) - (click to expand)

Bankscope country ratings (sovereign debt ratings) – (click to expand)

 Bloomberg Professional also has sovereign debt ratings – use function CSDR (Sovereign Ratings)Bloomberg

Selecting a country will launch CRPR (Credit Rating Profile) for more detail.
Selecting a rating will give the historical changes in a pop-up window.

Global Insight (from IHS) provides its own Sovereign Risk Ratings and how these compare with Fitch, S&P, and Moody’s.

For example on 27 Feb 2013:

  • France is among the top rating “0 AAA Highest Quality” but given a “Higher Risk” by Fitch, S&P and Moody’s.
  • Australia is among the rating “5 AA Very High Quality” but given a “Lower Risk” by Fitch, S&P and Moody’s.

IHS Global Insight covers 204 countries including many that are not covered by Fitch, S&P and Moody’s. For example, Zimbabwe “85 C Poorest Quality” and Somalia “95 D Poorest Quality“.

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