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U.S. State Budgets Face Lean Margins Despite Mature Economic Expansion

By most measures, U.S. state budget conditions are adequate to favorable--and they should be. Not only is the economic expansion mature at this point, it showed signs of accelerating during the… More

Climate Change: Assessing The Potential Long-Term Effects

Since the turn of the century, climate change has been prominent in public discussion on global societal and economic risks. However, its impact is extremely hazy and potential outcomes are challenging to predict. In this series of articles, S&P… More

How Regulatory Advantage Scores Can Affect Ratings On Regulated Utilities

For a regulated utility company, the regulatory regime in which it operates will influence its performance in profound ways. Thus, our regulatory advantage assessment--which informs both our business … More

U.S. Public Finance Infrastructure

The infrastructure sector faces numerous challenges. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services continuously monitors industry drivers -- including federal regulations, demand management, capacity development, and the economy -- and the impact on credit… More

How The Weaker Canadian Dollar Will Likely Affect Issuers

How The Weaker Canadian Dollar Will Likely Affect Issuers

In this CreditMatters TV segment, Standard & Poor’s Managing Director Robert Palombi explains what’s behind the weaker Canadian dollar and its affects on issuers across the country.

Puerto Rico Downgraded To 'CCC+' From 'B' On Weakened Market Access; Placed On CreditWatch Negative

We base the downgrade of Puerto Rico's tax-supported debt on our view that the commonwealth's market access prospects have further weakened and Puerto Rico's ability to meet its financial commitments … More

Global Auto Industry

The global auto sector motors along despite growing risks. More

Insights From Our Economists

Find the latest thought leadership from our economists in the Global Economics and Research group. More

Power Projects Are Navigating Changing Dynamics In Texas' Electricity Market

Despite a rather promising outlook during recent years, more recently several factors have conspired to cause us to rethink some of its assumptions about the Electric Reliability Council of Texas,… More

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Brasil e Seus Desafios

A Standard & Poor’s avalia os principais eventos macroeconômicos no Brasil, a saúde de seu sistema bancário, a situação fiscal do governo, a situação atual da indústria de óleo e gás no país, as perspectivas dos instrumentos de operações… More