Credit rating agency
Credit rating agencies are independent institutions that assess the creditworthiness - or the credit risk - of issuers and provide credit ratings which are publicly available and used by investors, as well as analysts, as a guide for investment decisions.
Well known credit rating agencies include Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch.
Because of the trend towards regulation of credit rating agencies, some firms take care to avoid calling themselves a credit rating agency or to call their opinions credit ratings.
- Corporate credit ratings: a quick guide
- Credit rating
- Credit reference agency
- Credit risk
- External Credit Assessment Institution
- Standard & Poor's