Ratings Research: ABSTRACT
The rated universe is accessible to anyone on the Standard & Poors website. There, you can enter a entity name, and after a few clicks, view the S&P credit rating.
The credit rating of a given company holds a different value depending on who needs the rating; traditionally, this information is used by large commercial companies for different regulatory filings and compliance reporting. Though this information is available to the public, to use Standard & Poors as a source for credit ratings, clients are required to have a ‘RX license’.
In 2015, S&P acquired SNL financial. SNL’s main sector of clients is Financial Institutions, but not the typical Wall Street financial company. Post acquisition, new client types begun accessing S&P Ratings content.