Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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What do the “+” and “-”sign indicate in a rating?

Plus and minus symbols are used to indicate finer distinctions within a rating category. The minus symbol associated with ratings has no negative connotations. In fact, ratings in a higher rating category such as ‘AA-‘ are stronger than ratings in a lower rating category such as ‘A+‘.

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Are rating symbols the same across all types of debt instruments?

No. Rating symbols may vary depending on the type of debt instrument, as for example long term or short term.

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What do the various rating symbols mean?

Each rating symbol is an alphanumeric representation of the degree of repayment risk associated with debt instruments.