Information on credit ratings

A credit rating is an evaluation made by a credit rating agency of the debtor's ability and willingness to pay back its debt. The sovereign credit rating reflects the credit rating agency's assessment of e.g. the national economy, public finances and the political system.

Credit rating agencies use variations of alphabetical combinations to announce their opinion of the credit risk of an issuer, AAA or Aaa denoting the best possible credit rating for long-term debt. Investors use credit ratings when assessing the risks associated with their investments.

The Finnish central government has acquired a solicited rating from three rating agencies: Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings. The government also has non-solicited ratings from some other rating agencies. Ratings offer potential bond investors an assessment of the Finnish economy prepared by a third party.

The credit agencies publish annual credit analyses on Finland to the market participants. The State Treasury publishes credit agencies’ analyses and possible rating actions on its web site.

More information on credit rating agencies is available on their web sites.



Published 2014-06-10 at  17:11 , updated 2016-09-27 at  9:02 Suomeksi   På svenska   In English

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