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.

  1. Bank Rating

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  3. Bond Rating

    A grade given to bonds that indicates their credit quality. Private ...
  4. AAA

    The highest possible rating assigned to the bonds of an issuer ...
  5. Morningstar Risk Rating

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  6. Rating

    1. An evaluation of a corporate or municipal bond's relative ...
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