credit rating


: a score or grade that a company or organization gives to a possible borrower and that indicates how likely the borrower is to repay a loan
Credit ratings are based on how much money, property, and debt a borrower has and on how well the borrower has paid past debts.

Examples of credit rating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, lending to smaller companies with potentially a lower credit rating results in a small premium for the lender. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Fitch downgraded the United States’ long-term credit rating in August, following Standard & Poor’s, which did so in 2011 after a debt ceiling standoff in Congress. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 In March, the credit rating company Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the BlueTriton’s debt rating, citing its high debt load. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 On Friday, Moody's MCO +0.1% threatened to downgrade the United States credit rating if a bill is not passed, a move that Fitch Rating already undertook earlier this year. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Moody’s Investors Service turned negative on the US’s credit rating outlook Friday, citing risks to the nation’s fiscal strength and political polarization. Carter Johnson, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Typically bonds that are rated at least Baa by credit rating agency Moody’s or BBB by S&P and Fitch qualify as investment grade. Chris Taylor,, 7 Nov. 2023 Also last week, ratings agency Fitch placed the lender on watch for a possible downgrade to its credit rating, citing risks to its capital position, funding and business model. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 9 Oct. 2023 While many automakers used to offer zero-percent financing deals, that’s becoming extremely rare and, when available, usually requires a nearly flawless credit rating. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Credit rating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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