Standard & Poor's Underlying Rating - SPURs


DEFINITION of 'Standard & Poor's Underlying Rating - SPURs'

A rating for a debt issue on a stand-alone basis without credit enhancements. SPURs provide ratings for the credit worthiness of municipal bonds and are only one of the types of ratings services offered by Standard & Poor's for public sector entities.

BREAKING DOWN 'Standard & Poor's Underlying Rating - SPURs'

SPURs demonstrate the credit quality of a debt issue on its own merits, without being backed by an insurer. While it involves the same level of analytical review by Standard & Poor's as issue ratings, SPURs offer financial flexibility and potential cost savings for public sector entities such as municipalities and state governments.

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