This report examines the current competitive positioning of the leaders and identifies potential disruptions to their stronghold. It highlights budding yet real threats to incumbents such as Morningstar’s purchase of Realpoint to grow its established brand name into the new issuance debt ratings business. It examines firms vying for investors’ surveillance ratings budgetary dollars, such as CreditSights and Rapid Ratings. It touches on legal and regulatory changes as they relate to shifting sands within this space. This report is relevant to ratings agencies, their investors, their clients and those players look to compete in the credit ratings and credit research arena.
- This is a follow-up to The Credit & Financial Information Landscape published February 2011, which lays out the hierarchy and subsegments of the Credit & Financial Information segment.
- Here we are providing a deeper analysis of the credit rating agencies subsegment.
- The Big Three: Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Ratings and Fitch Ratings have long led this shifting sub-segment.
- Many stakeholders question both the overall value of credit ratings and the ethics of the current predominant investor-pay model. Global regulatory reform is compounding change.
- Consequently, new entrants, long kept out by high barriers to entry, are arriving and participating in the reshaping of this arena.
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