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Global Sovereigns

Sovereign ratings reflect Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ analysis of institutional and governance effectiveness, economic structure and growth prospects, external finances, and fiscal and monetary flexibility. We currently rate 128 sovereign… More

The Netherlands 'AA+/A-1+' Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Stable

On Nov. 21, 2014, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'AA+/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency unsolicited sovereign credit ratings on The Netherlands. The outlook is… More

Will the U.S. Telecom And Cable Credit Outlook Remain Stable?

Many of our recent rating actions and CreditWatch listings have stemmed from proposed or recently completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A). More

U.S. Oil And Gas Exploration And Production Companies Learn To Live With Lower Prices

The U.S. oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) sector is seeking its equilibrium after the boom and bust of crude oil prices over the past year, coupled with a plunge in natural gas prices. More

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Risks Accumulate For European Insurers

The European insurance sector is facing an accumulation of risks owing to a weak economic outlook across the region, interest rates close to historical lows, and heightened sovereign-related risks. We anticipate that these risks will likely weigh on … More

Insights From Our Economists

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

What Are The Rating Implications Of Product Litigation On Medical Device Companies?

Although medical devices can offer profound life-enhancing and life-extending benefits, they may also come with significant risks--especially newly designed implantable devices. More

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U.S. States

Find the latest news and commentary on U.S. States. More

Global Fixed Income Research

Understanding developments in global capital markets is critical for fixed income and equity investors looking to identify opportunities and assess risk. More

2014 Empirical And Recovery Rating Performance Update Shows Continued Strong First-Lien Recoveries

Mean first-lien recoveries on European nonfinancial corporate defaults stayed strong at above 70% in 2014, but the improving economy hasn't provided the boost we might have expected. More

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