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Ratings Roundup: European Structured Finance Downgrades Reflect Heightened Counterparty And Country Risk In Q1 2012 Jun 12
Standard & Poors, June 2012
As in the previous quarter, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' rating actions on banks and sovereigns were once again the major factors affecting European structured finance ratings in the first quarter of 2012. Some sovereign rating actions directly affected structured finance ratings due to country risk considerations. Meanwhile, rating actions on banks due to sovereign pressures and the implementation of our updated bank ratings criteria also triggered some structured finance rating movements, based on our 2010 counterparty criteria. The number of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) rating actions increased due to the rollout of our updated criteria for rating transactions backed by U.K. mortgage loans. We took 1,594 rating actions in the quarter, comprising 1,100 downgrades and 494 upgrades. This represents...
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