Rating Agencies

Rating Agency Developments

 

On November 23, 2016, Moody’s published its updated methodology for Special Assessment/Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Release.

On November 17, 2016, Fitch published its updated criteria for Analysis of Commercial Real Estate Loans Securing Covered Bonds. Release.

On November 17, 2016, Fitch published its updated rating criteria for Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities and Loans in EMEA. Release.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Recovery Ratings and Notching Criteria for Equity REITs. Release.

On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Rating Criteria for U.S. Military Housing. Release.

On November 15, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re‑REMIC Criteria. Release.

On November 11, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates U.S. and Canadian Multiborrower CMBS Surveillance Criteria. Release.

On November 11, 2016, Moody’s updated its Index of Rating Methodologies. Report.

On November 11, 2016, Moody’s updated its index entitled: Outdated Credit Rating Methodologies. Report.

On November 10, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Surveillance Criteria for U.S. CREL CDOs. Release.

On November 10, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Clarifies Criteria for Rating U.S. FFELP Student Loan ABS. Release.

On November 10, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: U.S. Housing Finance Agency Single Family Programs. Report.

On November 10, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: U.S. Housing Finance Agency Multifamily Methodology. Report.

On November 10, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: U.S. Public Housing Authority Capital Fund Bonds. Report.

On November 10, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: U.S. Housing Finance Agency Issuer Rating Methodology. Report.

On November 10, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Refining and Marketing Industry. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On November 9, 2016, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for analyzing U.S. wireless tower transactions. Report.

On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian trade receivable securitization transactions. Report.

On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian residential mortgages, home equity lines of credit and reverse mortgages. Report.

On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian credit card and personal line of credit securitizations. Report.

On November 4, 2016, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for charter schools. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On October 26, 2016, Fitch published its updated Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds. Press Release.

On October 26, 2016, Fitch published its updated Covered Bonds Rating Criteria. Press Release.

On October 25, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating European Consumer and Commercial Asset‑Backed Securitizations. Report.

On October 25, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating U.S. Credit Card Asset‑Backed Securities. Report.

On October 25, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating European Sub‑Sovereign Governments. Report.

On October 24, 2016, Fitch published its updated Canadian Residential Mortgage Rating Criteria. Release.

On October 20, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating Companies in the Regulated Electric, Natural Gas and Water Utilities Industry. Report.

On October 20, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating Companies in the Gaming Industry. Report.

On October 20, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating Companies in the Automotive Supplier Industry. Report.

On October 20, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Rating Companies in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry. Report.

European Commission Report on Credit Rating Agencies Regulation

 

On October 19, 2016, the European Commission published a report (COM(2016) 664 final) responding to reporting obligations set out in Regulation 1060/2009 (CRA Regulation).

The report:

  • Analyzes references to external credit ratings in EU legislation and in private contracts among parties in financial markets.
  • Assesses potential alternatives to external credit ratings that are currently used by market participants in the EU. The Commission is of the view that there are currently no feasible alternatives that could entirely replace external credit ratings.
  • Evaluates the impact of the CRA Regulation on governance and internal procedures of CRAs, in particular the prevention of conflict of interests and the use of alternative remuneration models.
  • Analyzes the provisions relating to structured finance instruments (SFIs) and their potential extension to other asset classes. The Commission does not think it is appropriate to extend CRA Regulation provisions to other financial products.
  • Assesses the impact and effectiveness of the CRA Regulation’s measures concerning competition in the credit rating industry. Given some provisions are still in the process of implementation, the Commission will continue monitoring the development of the market before considering the adoption of further measures. More generally, the Commission will seek to avoid and further reduce regulatory barriers to market entry.
  • Considers the feasibility of establishing a European CRA for the assessment of sovereign debt and a European credit rating foundation for all other credit ratings. The Commission considers there to be no need at present for a European CRA specialized in sovereign debt or for other credit ratings.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On October 17, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: CMBS North American SurveillanceReport.

On October 14, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securities Backed by Pools of Both FFELP and Private Student Loans. Report.

On October 14, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: Global Methodology for Rating Finance CompaniesReport.

Rating Agency Developments

On October 11, 2016, S&P published its methodology for surveilling ratings of U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities principal only strip securities. Report.

On October 7, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS). Report.

On October 7, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Report.

On October 7, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by structured finance assets (SF). Report.

On October 6, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for auto loan and lease-backed ABS. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

 

On October 4, 2016, Moody’s published its approach to rating revenue bonds of U.S. municipal Joint Action Agencies (JAA). Report.

On October 3, 2016, DBRS published derivative criteria for European structured finance transactions. Report.

On October 3, 2016, Moody’s published its approach to assessing credit risk for rated issuers in the business and consumer service industry. Report.

On October 3, 2016, Moody’s published its approach to rating credit tenant lease and comparable lease financings. Report.

On October 3, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for companies in the global integrated oil and gas industry. Report.

On September 30, 2016, Moody’s published methodology for rating debt issuance under certified capital company, new markets tax credit and similar programs. Report.

On September 29, 2016, Fitch published its methodology for assigning new and monitoring existing international ratings to aircraft enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs). Report.