DEFINITION of 'B3/B-'

One of the lower ratings that a ratings agency assigns to a security or insurance carrier. This rating signifies a higher risk of default and greater risk to investors or policyholders. Entities that receive this rating are often experiencing financial instability or hold inadequate cash reserves.

BREAKING DOWN 'B3/B-'

The ratings assigned by the various ratings agencies are based primarily upon the insurer's or issuer's creditworthiness. This rating can therefore be interpreted as a direct measure of the probability of default. However, credit stability and priority of payment are also factored into the rating.

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