Canadian Covered Bonds

Rating Agency Developments

On March 23, S&P issued a request for comment on proposed changes to its covered bond criteria for assessing counterparty and supporting party risk. Comments must be submitted by May 4. S&P Release.

On March 21, Fitch updated its criteria for stressing interest rate risk in structured finance transactions. The criteria have been extended to transaction cash flows indexed to interest reference rates for Australian Dollars, New Zealand Dollars, Korean Won, Singapore Dollars, Taiwanese Dollars, Indian Rupee, and South African Rand. Fitch Release.

On March 18, Fitch updated its methodology for rating debt of Native American gaming issuers. Fitch Release.

On March 21 and 22, DBRS updated its methodologies in several areas, including: Canadian Residential Mortgage Servicer Evaluations, Canadian Mutual Fund Companies, Canadian Mortgage Insurance Companies, and Canadian Covered Bonds. DBRS Methodologies.

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