DEFINITION of 'Ba2/BB'

This is the next rating down from the highest non-investment grade rating, regarded as speculative. This rating is assigned to less creditworthy carriers and securities by the ratings agencies. Investors and policyholders of these entities face a higher risk of default.

BREAKING DOWN 'Ba2/BB'

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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