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 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 April 28, Moody’s released a request for comment on proposed changes to its global credit card ABS rating approach.  Comments must be submitted by June 9.  Moody’s Report.

On April 22, Moody’s released its methodology for rating obligations with variable promisesMoody’s Report.

On April 22, Kroll released its RMBS rating methodology for assessing Non-QM RiskKroll 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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Rating Agency Developments

On March 6, Moody’s released its updated methodology for rating CDOs backed by structured finance assetsMoody’s Report.

On March 5, Fitch released its criteria for granular corporate balance-sheet securitizations (SME CLOs).  Fitch Report.

On March 3, DBRS released its U.S. RMBS securities model and rating methodology.  DBRS Report.

On March 3, DBRS released its methodology for rating U.S. private student loan securitizationsDBRS Report.

On March 3, DBRS released its methodology for rating U.S. federal family education loan program (FFELP) securitizations.  DBRS Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On February 14, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. commercial mortgage servicersFitch Report.

On February 13, Fitch released its criteria for rating RMBS in Latin AmericaFitch Report.

On February 11, Moody’s released its criteria for rating resecuritizations backed by RMBS and CMBSMoody’s Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating structured finance servicers of various products, including RMBS, CMBS and ABSFitch Report.

On January 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating operational risk of U.S. servicers of RMBS and small balance commercial securities (SBC). Fitch Report. 

On January 30, Moody’s released its methodology for rating securitizations backed by loans granted to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Moody’s Report.

On January 30, DBRS released its methodology for rating European covered bonds. DBRS Report.

On January 29, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. private student loan ABS. Fitch Report.

On January 29, DBRS released its criteria setting forth the financial ratios and accounting treatments used to analyze non-financial companies. DBRS Report.

On January 28, Fitch released its criteria for rating non-performing loan (NPL) securitizations. Fitch Report.

On January 27, Fitch released its criteria for rating variable-rate demand obligations (VRDOs) and commercial paper (CP) issued with external liquidity support. Fitch Report.

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