The year 2020 certainly was one of most unpleasant year for humanity. For us it was even more challenging to continue our work for transparent and independent credit ratings, since Continue ReadingOutlook 2021 – Wikirating updates 186 Country Ratings.
This article summarizes Chapter 5 of Country Risk: The Bane of Foreign Investors by Norbert Gaillard (Springer, July 2020) This chapter focuses on the shocks that may affect firms Continue ReadingThe Accuracy of Country Risk Ratings
Starting from June 26th, 2020, Wikirating is including in the list of countries by credit rating also the sovereign credit ratings from Scope Ratings – beside S&P, Moody’s and Fitch. Continue ReadingList of Countries by Credit Rating – Now a pure European Rating Agency is included
The main goal of the “Sovereign Wikirating Index” (SWI)  is to have a transparent, reasonable and comprehensive measure of the creditworthiness of a sovereign entity, which can be directly Continue ReadingWikirating updates 181 Sovereign Credit Ratings
In its settlement with the Department of Justice, S&P has backed off its assertion that the federal lawsuit was filed in retaliation for its 2011 downgrade of US Treasury debt. Continue ReadingS&P Settles: Now How About that US Bond Rating?
Credit rating agencies have historically failed to anticipate the public debt crises in rich countries. This Wikirating blog article describes how Moody’s sovereign rating methodology has been modified in the Continue ReadingHow Moody’s has drawn the lessons from the Eurozone debt crisis
This column explains how and why sovereign ratings and bond yields failed to anticipate the Eurozone debt crisis. It also argues that, paradoxically, sovereign ratings are now valuable risk indicators Continue ReadingEurozone, Sovereign Ratings and Bond Yields
Regulation (EU) no. 462/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 requires credit rating agencies to publish a calendar of their sovereign and subsovereign rating Continue ReadingIs the Eurozone Debt Crisis Over? The View from Moody’s
On November 28, 2001 Enron lost its investment grade credit rating. Four days later, the company filed for bankruptcy. Those awaiting a similar collapse after Puerto Rico’s descent into junk Continue ReadingPuerto Rico Rating Downgrades: Enron Redux?
Last week Roland Berger announced that he did not received the needed funds to found an European rating agency (see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-15/roland-berger-is-short-on-ratings-agency-startup-cash-ftd-says.html). Did you wondered why? Why are the investors not Continue ReadingWhy an European Agency cannot be founded