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China Credit Spotlight

This flagship series of China research showcases Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services insights into the credit conditions for China's corporate, banks, sovereign, securitization, and economics. More

Greece Under Pressure

The Greek sovereign debt crisis has deepened. A default or a distressed-debt exchange appears inevitable, absent unanticipated significantly favorable changes in circumstances. More

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Pollution Standard Will Likely Have Little Impact On Electric Generators And Utilities

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking covering mercury emissions was flawed and did not meet statutory requirements. Standard & Poor's Ratings… More

Lower Oil Prices Mean Less Spending For The U.S. Exploration And Production Sector, But Not Less Production

U.S. oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) companies are cutting capital spending as they try to wrangle control of their costs and conserve cash flow and liquidity. More

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Puerto Rico GO Rating Lowered To 'CCC-' From 'CCC+'; Outlook Is Negative On Likelihood Of Default Or Distressed Exchange

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has lowered its general obligation (GO) rating on the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to 'CCC-' from 'CCC+'. At the same time, Standard & Poor's has removed the GO… More

Dodd-Frank Five Years Later: The Good, The Questionable, And The Unintended

Five years since Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, regulators have made a lot of progress in writing and finalizing the rules. More

Insights From Our Economists

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

Themes in Global Banking

European and American policymakers have deliberately sent a strong message to investors not to expect public solvency support if banks fail again. This may be politically expedient, but it could also have wide ranging impacts on banks, their capital … More

How A Bail-In Policy Framework For Canadian Systemically Important Banks Might Affect Ratings

The Canadian government has indicated that it intends to introduce legislation to implement a Taxpayer Protection and Bank Recapitalization policy framework, which will allow authorities to restore a … More

Covered Bond Ratings Framework: Methodology And Assumptions

We are publishing this article to supplement its methodology and assumptions for rating covered bonds and help market participants better understand our criteria. More