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.
Scope seeks to establish itself as the Europe an alternative to the traditional US agencies in the highly concentrated credit ratings industry. On the sovereign ratings end, it does this Continue ReadingHow the leading European rating agency distinguishes itself from the US rating agencies
A couple of years ago, the exclusive club of countries which were rated with AAA (long-term, foreign currency) by all (major) credit rating agencies, was quite broad. Since then the Continue ReadingThe last AAA Countries
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
On June 20th 2010 I registered the domain ‘wikirating.org’ to build an open and transparent alternative solution to the “Big Three”, the dominant credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Continue Reading10 Years ago
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
This blog article summarizes a recent article published in Capital Markets Law Journal. Reference: Norbert J. Gaillard and William J. Harrington, “Efficient, commonsense actions to foster accurate credit ratings”, Capital Continue ReadingEfficient, commonsense actions to foster accurate 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?
On January 21, S&P settled a number of complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as two states’ attorneys general. The issues primarily involved ratings of Commercial Mortgage Continue ReadingSEC Shines a Light on Inflated CMBS Ratings
This article summarizes the book “When Sovereigns Go Bankrupt” (Gaillard 2014), which provides a fresh analysis of how to cope with sovereign risk in the context of a rising likelihood Continue ReadingWhen Sovereigns Go Bankrupt