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COMMENTARY & RELATED MULTIMEDIA

  • Apr 15, 2014

Standard & Poor's Rating Services derives the general obligation (GO) county medians below from rating reviews completed over the first six months (through March 12, 2014) of usage of our Sept. 12, 2013, GO criteria (U.S. Local Governments General Obligation Ratings: Methodology And Assumptions). We present the medians by rating category and they apply to U.S. counties. These ratios exclude… More

  • Apr 09, 2014

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its rating on New Jersey's general obligation (GO) debt to 'A+' from 'AA-'; its rating on the state's appropriation-backed debt to 'A' from 'A+'; and its rating on the state's moral obligation debt to 'BBB+' from 'A-'. The outlook on all the ratings is stable. "The downgrade reflects our view that despite a generally improving economic environment, the… More

  • Dec 19, 2013

Pension and other postemployment benefit (OPEB) obligations are measured under many sets of assumptions and methods and reported according to different sets of standards. Thus, various metrics can be used to evaluate the financial health of a pension or OPEB plan and its plan sponsor. More

  • Nov 06, 2013

Under Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' recently released local GO Criteria, the economic score assesses both the health of the asset base relied upon to provide current and future locally derived revenues and the likelihood of additional service demands resulting from economic deterioration. More

  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' recently released local GO criteria emphasize current- and future-year ratios to drive its ratings. We believe more forward-looking criteria will provide more forward-looking long-term ratings. More

  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is updating its methodology and assumptions for assigning issuer credit ratings (ICRs) and issue credit ratings based on general obligation (GO) pledges of local governments in the United States. More

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  • Sep 12, 2013

Recently, Standard & Poor’s revised its methodology for rating U.S. local governments. In this CreditMatters TV segment, Criteria Officer Cathy Daicoff and Director Lisa Schroeer explain why we updated the criteria, the expected outcomes, and the major changes from our request for comment period. Watch

  • Held on Sep 18, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services recently hosted a video webcast covering local government GO Criteria.


Held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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  • Sep 05, 2013

Next week, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services intends to publish its revised criteria for U.S. local government issuer credit ratings and issue ratings on general obligation (GO) bonds issued by municipal governments that are not special purpose districts. E More

  • Apr 15, 2014

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services derives the general obligation (GO) municipal medians below from rating reviews completed over the first six months (through March 12, 2014) of usage of its Sept. 12, 2013, GO criteria (U.S. Local Governments General Obligation Ratings: Methodology And Assumptions). We present the medians by rating category, and they apply to U.S. municipalities covered under… More

  • Feb 27, 2014

Since Detroit's filing under Chapter 9 of the U.S. bankruptcy code last summer, and in light of Chicago's mounting budget difficulties, some media commentators have drawn parallels between the future credit strength of the two cities. In Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' view, although the cities are facing some of the same credit strains, such as large pension obligations and budget deficits,… More

  • Dec 19, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services uses various metrics to evaluate the financial health of a pension or other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plan and its plan sponsor. More

  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor's makes analytic adjustments to data in order to better align the data with our view of the ongoing operational reality of a particular entity, and to improve the comparability of the financial results across entities. More

  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today published individual articles for all 50 states and the District of Columbia detailing our institutional framework scores. More

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  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor’s new criteria for rating U.S. local governments include institutional framework scoring, which measures the impact a state’s policies and practices can have on its localities. In this CreditMatters TV segment, Criteria Officer Cathy Daicoff and Director Lisa Schroeer discuss how… Watch

  • Held on Oct 09, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services recently hosted a webcast on how to evaluate a credit using S&P's local GO Criteria released on 9/12/13.


Held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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  • Sep 12, 2013

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has updated its methodology and assumptions for assigning issuer credit ratings and issue credit ratings based on general obligation (GO) pledges of U.S. local governments in a criteria article published today. More

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