Who We Are
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and its predecessor organizations have been in business for more than 150 years. We are one of the world's leading providers of independent credit risk research and benchmarks across industries, asset classes and geographies. Our goal is to help our clients, investors and other market participants make more informed business and investment decisions.
What We Do
In 26 countries around the globe, our analysts, managers and economists assess the factors and trends that affect creditworthiness. To inform our credit opinions, we engage in frequent dialogue with senior managers and industry leaders, and our analyses cover areas ranging from the state of an enterprise and its position in its industry, to the economic health of regions around the world.
Our Track Record
We have approximately 1.2 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities.
• In 2014 alone, we rated more than $4.3 trillion in new debt.
• Of all corporate sector investment-grade ratings issued, just 1% has defaulted over the most recent five-year period. Click here for more information about default rates.
We believe that there’s more value in a well-formed point of view than any collection of data, and our opinions and measures of risk are rooted in our long experience. To learn more about our ratings and the ratings process, please visit understandingratings.com.