ARCHIVE | Criteria | Governments | Request for Comment: Sovereign Government Rating Methodology And Assumptions Nov 10

  • ID: 1885943
  • November 2010
  • Standard & Poors
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This request for comment applies to ratings on all sovereign governments (also known as central governments). All references to sovereign ratings in this article pertain to our view of a sovereign's ability and willingness to service financial obligations to nonofficial, in other words commercial, lenders. Our ratings do not address creditworthiness with respect to: Obligations to other governments (such as the Paris Club debt or debt to local and regional governments); Obligations to supranationals, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the World Bank; and Obligations that a sovereign government guarantees and that do meet our criteria for sovereign guaranteed debt (see "Rating Sovereign-Guaranteed Debt," published April 6, 2009. Moreover, we do not address post-default recovery prospects and their...

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