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:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
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.
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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