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Standard & Poor’s provides ratings on a broad range of financial institutions including banks; savings institutions; securities firms; mortgage institutions; finance companies; government-sponsored enterprises; asset managers; exchange and clearing corporations; and credit unions. Standard & Poor's provides credit ratings on financial institutions as well as the specific debt instruments they issue.
To form our ratings opinions, our credit analysts review a broad range of business and financial attributes that may influence a financial institution's creditworthiness. Our Bank Ratings Framework articulates the steps our analysts and credit committees take when developing stand-alone credit profiles (SCAPs) and issuer credit ratings (ICRs) for banks. Prior to setting the ICR, there is a consideration of the potential for additional direct support from the bank's parent group or sovereign government. See our Bank Ratings Framework website.
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For more information on how we analyze financial institutions, see our ratings criteria.
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