Ratings Service

DEFINITION of 'Ratings Service'

A company, such as Moody's or Standard & Poor's, that rates various debt and preferred stock issues for safety of payment of principal, interest, or dividends.

BREAKING DOWN 'Ratings Service'

Ratings range from AAA or Aaa (the highest) to C or D, which represents a company that has already defaulted.

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