credit rating

credit rating
An evaluation of an individual's or company's ability to repay obligations or its likelihood of not defaulting
See: creditworthiness. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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credit rating credit rating rating

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   Credit ratings measure a borrower's creditworthiness and provide an international framework for comparing the credit quality of issuers and rated debt securities. Rating agencies allocate three kinds of ratings: for issuers, for long-term debt, and for short-term debt. Of these, issuer credit ratings are the most widely watched. They measure the creditworthiness of the borrower including its capacity and willingness to meet financial obligations. A top rating means there is thought to be almost no risk of the borrower failing to pay interest and principal. The higher the rating, the less the borrower will need to pay for funds. The top credit rating issued by the main agencies (Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch IBCA) is AAA or Aaa. This is reserved for a few sovereign and corporate issuers. The naming and designation of ratings varies according to each agency. But they all fall into two broad groups - investment grade and speculative (junk) grade.
   ► See also AAA, Credit Watch, Downgrade, Moody's, S&P.

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credit rating UK US noun [C, usually singular]
FINANCE a calculation of the ability of a person, business, or government to pay their debts: good/high credit rating »

Companies which are considered financially secure are usually awarded a high credit rating.


a poor/low credit rating

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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