More than 300 Raters Worldwide

There is a simple definition of the word “rater”: “one that rates”. A rater is specifically a person who estimates or determines a rating. Not every rater is a rating agency. In a number of countries, only legal persons can be recognized as rating agencies. In most countries, individuals are free to express their opinion publicly. In the case of credit ratings, however, companies in the European Union, for example, are prohibited from expressing opinions about the creditworthiness of other companies. In order for a rating agency to express an opinion freely, official approval is required.

Ratings appear in many contexts. On RATING.REPAIR, only those ratings are of interest that are important for investment and financing decisions. The “raters” category on RATING.REPAIR meets the need to find out more about names that may be classified as rating agencies. To date we have included the names of rating agencies from the following countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Brazil
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canada
  8. Chile
  9. China
  10. Colombia
  11. Costa Rica
  12. Cyprus
  13. Ecuador
  14. El Salvador
  15. Estonia
  16. Finland
  17. France
  18. Germany
  19. Greece
  20. Hongkong/China
  21. Hungary
  22. India
  23. Indonesia
  24. Ireland
  25. Italy
  26. Japan
  27. Kazakhstan
  28. Kuwait
  29. Kyrgyzstan
  30. Latvia
  31. Liechtenstein
  32. Malaysia
  33. Mexico
  34. Montenegro
  35. Myanmar
  36. Nepal
  37. Netherlands
  38. New Zealand
  39. Nigeria
  40. Norway
  41. Pakistan
  42. Peru
  43. Philippines
  44. Poland
  45. Portugal
  46. Romania
  47. Russia
  48. Serbia
  49. Singapore
  50. Slovakia
  51. Slovenia
  52. South Africa
  53. South Korea
  54. Spain
  55. Sri Lanka
  56. Sweden
  57. Switzerland
  58. Taiwan/China
  59. Thailand
  60. Trinidad and Tobago
  61. Turkey
  62. Ukraine
  63. United Kingdom
  64. Uruguay
  65. USA
  66. Uzbekistan
  67. Vietnam
  68. Zambia

We have been collecting information about rating agencies since the 1980s – even at a time when the internet didn’t exist yet. At that time, information was only available from newspapers and magazines, books, archives, through visits, by post or by telephone. RATING EVIDENCE GmbH uses this unique documentation and answers questions about all known active and inactive agencies and even companies that provide information about creditworthiness, deliver credit reports or could be confused with Recognized Credit Rating Agencies. Some rating agencies have a large number of subsidiaries. In these cases only the most important companies are listed here.

More than 500 raters on our list

The following list contains the names of more than 500 rating companies regardless of whether they are still active, have changed their names or are even irrelevant or not recommendable for some investment and financing decisions. Our rough estimate is that around 300 of these 500 companies are active. The other 200 names refer to rating agencies that have since been taken over, renamed or ceased operations.

This list must not be confused with our favorites or a recommendation list. Rather, it is advisable to contact us to let us know what you want to read about. Depending on demand, you will read more on RATING.REPAIR about any of the names mentioned here.

Names of Chinese rating agencies, unless they have an official English name, appear here in Pinyin. If you have switched on the translation into your language with Google Translate, it is advisable to switch off the translation function when searching for the official name, otherwise the name may also be translated.

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