More Than a Point of Reference...


At Standard & Poor’s, our aim is to be the leading provider of global credit benchmarks and research across industries, asset classes, and geographies that investors, businesses, and markets use to foster economic development and growth around the world. To learn more, please see the related video.

Our Track Record

Standard & Poor’s and its predecessor organizations have been in business for more than 150 years. As one of the world's leading providers of independent credit risk research and benchmarks, 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 $4.3 trillion in new debt. And of all corporate sector “investment grade” ratings issued, just 1% have defaulted over the most recent five-year period. Ours is only one measure of risk, but it’s rooted in our long experience and deep conviction. Click here for more information about default rates.

Our Resources

Across 26 countries around the world, we have nearly 1,400 analysts, managers and economists. In frequent dialogue with senior managers and industry leaders, we examine everything from the state of an enterprise and its position in its industry, to the state of a region and the globe. Then we deliver our credit opinions—on the web, in e-newsletters, in multi-media presentations and on mobile devices.

More than a point of reference – a point of view

We believe that there’s more value in a well-formed point of view than any collection of data. That's why we strive to have our ratings based on more clearly defined methodology, more transparently sourced data and more clearly articulated analyses. To keep current, we have invested in systems, analytics and training. And we continually assess and reassess our ratings methodologies, adopting changes as needed to respond to the changing needs of investors, issuers and markets. All of this enables us to offer insightful opinions that help market participants make more informed business and investment decisions.

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