Sovereign Credit Ratings

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Richard Cantor

Moody's Investors Service

Frank Packer

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)


Sovereign ratings are gaining importance as more governments with greater default risk borrow in international bond markets. But while the ratings have proved useful to governments seeking market access, the difficulty of assessing sovereign risk has led to agency disagreements and public controversy over specific rating assignments. Recognizing this difficulty, the financial markets have shown some skepticism toward sovereign ratings when pricing issues.

Keywords: Sovereign ratings, default risk, International bond markets

JEL Classification: E44, F34

Suggested Citation

Cantor, Richard Martin and Packer, Frank, Sovereign Credit Ratings. Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 1, No. 3, June 1995, Available at SSRN:

Richard Martin Cantor (Contact Author)

Moody's Investors Service ( email )

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United States

Frank Packer

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ( email )

CH-4002 Basel, Basel-Stadt
4161 280 8449 (Phone)

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