rising star


Definition of rising star

: a person or thing that is growing quickly in popularity or importance in a particular field a rising star in politics

Examples of rising star in a Sentence

a politician who is a rising star in the Republican Party

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Unlike many rising stars who wind up playing their formative high school years at a prep powerhouse, Williamson stayed put. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "There Has Never Been a Basketball Player Like Duke’s Zion Williamson," 5 Nov. 2018 Directed by rising star Ryan Coogler, the film, a sweeping epic set in a secretly wealthy and super-advanced African nation called Wakanda, became a cultural sensation almost instantly. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018 Two national reporters are talking to a rising star in a team’s personnel department. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "24 Hours ... At the NFL Scouting Combine," 8 Mar. 2018 His victory has helped him gain instant credibility as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX: Aftab Pureval considers run for Congress. Could Dem star beat Steve Chabot?," 10 Jan. 2018 Naomi Osaka has emerged as one of the rising stars in tennis. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Naomi Osaka: The Tennis Star Who Was Overlooked by Everyone," 12 Sep. 2018 The 23-year-old posted a video to Instagram with burgeoning Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB still in their dressy attire, previewing an unreleased collaboration between the pair of rising stars. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert Teases Unreleased Collaboration With BlocBoy JB in Hilarious Dancing Video," 25 June 2018 Now, Oklahoma has made a significant commitment to keeping one of the rising stars in college coaching in place. Cliff Brunt, chicagotribune.com, "Oklahoma approves 5-years, $25 million for football coach Lincoln Riley," 19 June 2018 But by jump-off’s end at the Devon Horse Show, McLain Ward had reminded Adrienne Sternlicht that even for one of the rising stars in the world of jumping, there is still plenty to learn. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "McLain Ward captures 10th Grand Prix crown at Devon Horse Show," 31 May 2018

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1767, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of rising star

What It Is

Rising star companies have a low credit rating (often "junk"), but only because they are new to the bond market or still establishing a track record.

How It Works

A rising star is a relatively new company that doesn't yet have the track record and/or the size to earn an investment-grade rating from a credit rating agency like Standard & Poor's or Moody's.

For example, let's say Company XYZ is a small video gaming company. Company XYZ is profitable, but it needs $10 million right now so it can hire new programmers to expand its line of video games. XYZ decides to borrow the $10 million in the bond market.

Because it has no history of borrowing or paying back debt, the credit ratings agencies have no choice but to rate XYZ's bonds as "BB" or lower.

Why It Matters

Junk bonds are typically divided into two categories: Rising stars and fallen angels.

A fallen angel is a bond that once had a high rating but has since been downgraded to junk status (for example, General Motors when it declared bankruptcy). A rising star is a bond that has potential to be upgraded once the company establishes an outstanding track record of paying back its debt.

All things being equal, a investor would rather invest in a rising star's junk bond instead of a fallen angel's junk bond. A rising star has promising underlying financial performance and just needs some time to establish its credit history. A fallen angel once had an investment-grade credit rating, but has experienced some kind of financial degradation requiring a downgrade to "junk." In short, a rising star is on the way up, and a fallen angel is on the way down.

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English Language Learners Definition of rising star

: a person who is quickly becoming popular, successful, etc.

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to gather or build up little by little

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