Big Three: The most trusted credit rating agencies in the world

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The international debt markets have relied on credit rating agencies for over a hundred years. Currently, the industry is home to more than 70 companies that allow borrowers, represented by individuals to even governments, to easily access loans from trusted institutions.

Here are the top credit rating agencies today.

  1. Standard & Poor’s (S&P)

As a business intelligence company, S&P offers credit ratings on countries, bonds, as well as other forms of investments. The agency was founded in 1957 and is based in the United States. The company and its entire services as a whole have a total market capitalization of $ 23.7 Trillion.

  1. Moody’s

Moody’s, also known as Moody’s Investors Service, is recognized as one of the top bond credit rating agencies not only in the US where it is headquartered but across the globe. The company’s main focus is on government-issued bonds as well as bonds issued by commercial entities.

It was established by John Moody in 1909 in New York City. Aside from credit ratings, its services also cover market tools, analysis, as well as financial market research.

  1. Fitch Group

Fitch Group, Inc. offers a variety of products and services in the financial industry, such as surveillance and analytical tools, credit market research as well as platforms that allow access to credit-related information.

However, Fitch Group’s most popular contribution to the industry is its credit ratings and analytics, as well as related market opinions that have helped borrowers and participants monitor credit quality and potential risks in the market. Fitch was also founded in New York in 1914 by John Knowles Fitch.