short-term/long-term ratings linkage criteria

Rating Agency Developments

On May 17, Fitch issued a release setting forth its view that the final guidance regarding internal stress testing for large banks released by bank regulators is sound and sufficiently flexible to allow for firms to comply. Fitch Release.

On May 17, Fitch released a report detailing the statistical analysis underlying the revised basis spread stresses for FFELP ABS transactions included in its updated criteria for rating FFELP student loan ABS. Fitch Release.  Fitch Report.

On May 15, S&P released its short-term/long-term ratings linkage criteria for corporate and sovereign issuers. S&P Release.

On May 15, Moody’s released its approach to quantifying set-off risk for securitizations and covered bonds originated by U.K. deposit-taking institutions. Moody’s Report.

On May 14, Moody’s released its approach to rating structured finance CDOs. Moody’s Report.

On May 14, Fitch updated its criteria for U.S. auto lease ABS. Fitch Report.

On May 11, S&P issued its methodology for assessing when a guarantor’s failure to honor a payment obligation under a guarantee would be a default and how it would affect the guarantor’s issuer credit rating. S&P Release.

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