Rating Agency Developments

On October 1, DBRS released its methodologies for rating companies in oil and gas and oilfield services. Oil and Gas. Oilfield Services.

On September 30, Moody’s released its methodology for rating companies in the consumer durables industry. Report.

On September 30, Fitch proposed a new methodology for estimating losses for US RMBS transactions. Comments should be submitted by October 31. Report.

On September 30, DBRS released its methodology for analyzing legal criteria in European structured finance transactions. Report.

On September 29, Moody’s released its methodology for rating bond programs issued by housing finance agencies and secured by multifamily loans. Report.

On September 29, Fitch proposed a new methodology for rating commercial real estate loans securing covered bonds. Comments should be submitted by October 27. Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On September 23, DBRS published a request for comments for rating European Covered Bonds. The report described the DBRS criteria for rating all types of European covered bonds, whether issued under country-specific covered bonds legislation or outside. Report.

On September 22, Fitch took various ratings action on tender option bonds corresponding to actions taken on their associated enhancement providers or underlying bonds. Release.

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Rating Agency Developments

On September 23, DBRS published a request for comments for rating European Covered Bonds.  The report described the DBRS criteria for rating all types of European covered bonds, whether issued under country-specific covered bonds legislation or outside.  Report.

On September 22, Fitch took various ratings action on tender option bonds corresponding to actions taken on their associated enhancement providers or underlying bonds.  Release.

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Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing large loans within single-borrower or multiborrower U.S. CMBS transactionsReport

On September 17, DBRS released its methodology for rating U.S. structured finance transactionsReport

On September 17, DBRS released its third-party due diligence criteria for U.S. RMBS transactionsReport

On September 16, S&P released its criteria and key credit factors for several types of project finance transactions, including:

On September 16, S&P also released its methodology for assessing operating risks, its methodology of assessing transaction structure risks and its framework methodology for project finance transactions:

On September 16, Moody’s released its rating methodology for credit card receivables-backed securities and other securities backed by revolving consumer loansReport

On September 16, Fitch released its revised Fund Quality Ratings assessing funds’ investment processes and operational attributes.  Report

On September 15, Fitch released its revised rating criteria for trade receivables securitizationsReport

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Rating Agency Developments

On August 21, Moody’s released its global methodology for monitoring and rating property and casualty insurers. Report.

On August 21, Moody’s released its global methodology for monitoring and rating life insurers. Report.

On August 20, Fitch released its global ratings criteria for monitoring and rating toll roads, bridges, and tunnels. Report.

On August 18, DBRS requested comment on global methodology for rating finance companies. Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On July 31, Moody’s released its rating methodology for global manufacturing companiesReport.

On July 25, Fitch released its global rating criteria for Corporate CDOsReport.

On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in the industrial products industryReport.

On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in the printing industryReport.

On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in the railway industryReport.

On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in the capital goods dealership industryReport.

On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in the airline industryReport.

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Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBSReport.

On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria.  Report.

On July 24, Fitch issued UK whole business securitizations ratings criteria.  Report.

On July 21, DBRS issued its methodology for North American commercial mortgage servicer evaluations.  Report.

On July 21, DBRS issued its methodology for stability and sustainability of structured income fund evaluations.  Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline.   Moody’s Report.

On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and tender option bonds (TOBs).  Fitch Report.

On June 12, Moody’s released its approach for rating derivative product companiesMoody’s Report.

On June 11, DBRS released its general corporate rating methodologyDBRS Report.

On June 10, S&P released its request for comment on rating counterparty risk in terminating transactionsS&P Release.

On June 10, Fitch released its criteria for commercial mortgage-backed securities and loans in EMEAFitch Report.

On June 9, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. timeshare loan asset-backed securitiesFitch Report.

On June 9, Fitch released its criteria for rating future flow securitizationsFitch Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. nonprofit institutionsFitch Report.

On May 28, Fitch released its criteria for rating caps and limitations on global structured finance transactions.  Fitch Report.

On May 28, Fitch released its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) residential mortgage loss criteria along with separate reports detailing its EMEA RMBS cash flow analysis criteria and its EMEA RMBS master rating criteria.  Mortgage Loss CriteriaCash Flow Analysis CriteriaMaster Rating Criteria.

On May 27, DBRS released its criteria for assessing U.S. RMBS pools under the ability-to-repay rules.  DBRS Report.

On May 26, DBRS released its methodology for Canadian structured finance surveillance.  DBRS Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework.  Moody’s Report.

On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to assessing incremental risk posed by ability to repay rules in US RMBSMoody’s Report.

On March 24, DBRS released its modified methodology for rating European Structured Finance transactions.  DBRS Report.

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