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Assembling a list of all the world's credit rating agencies is a hopeless task, but I have made a furtive effort. My first compilation (ca. Summer 2002)  listed 74 entities. Then (ca. Nov-2004) I refined the list to remove a) branches of a parent organization, b) business information services without an analyst's credit rating, some were acquired by the "big three", and c) some that disappeared from Internet searches.

There are also two opposing forces of "consolidating for efficiency" on the one hand versus "emerging market governments putting their own spin on their company's credits" on the other.

Finally, there is a growing trend for mechanical credit scoring gaining more acceptance and application.  I see this trend fueled by: a) increased uniformity and electronic reporting of financial information, 2) decreased "name recognition" of borrowers by investor/lenders, as 3) credit becomes more global, and 4) an increased ability to make use of a quantitative value within the growing tide of Credit Value-at-Risk models/systems.

Credit Rating Agencies -- globally  ( fixed as of Feb-2006 )

  1. A.M. Best
  2. Agence d'Évaluation Financière (ADEF)
  3. Agusto & Co. Ltd. -- Nigeria
  4. BRC Investor Services S.A.
  5. Capital Intelligence Limited with offices in Cyprus and Hong Kong
  6. Calificadora de Riesgo PCA
  7. Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS)
  8. Central European Rating Agency (CERA) -- Renamed "Fitch Polska S.A."
  9. China Lianhe Credit Rating Co. Ltd. -- (China)
  10. Clasificadora de Riesgo Humphreys Limitada (Chile)
  11. CMC International -- Nigeria
  12. Companhia Portuguesa de Rating (CPR)
  13. CRA Rating Agency  (formerly, Czech Rating Agency)
  14. Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd. (CRAB)
  15. Credit Analysis & Research Ltd (CARE) -- India
  16. Credit Information Bureau Ltd. (CIB) -- India
  17. Credit Rating Information and Services, Ltd. (CRISL) -- Bangladesh
  18. CRISIL, Limited -- India             Renamed
    Formerly known as: "Credit Rating Information Services of India"

  19. Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., Ltd. -- (China)
  20. Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS)
  21. Ecuability SA -- (Ecuador)
  22. Egan-Jones Rating Company -- ( US)
  23. Equilibrium Clasificadora de Riesgo -- Peru
  24. European Rating Agency
  25. Feller Rate Clasificadora de Riesgo -- Chile
  26. Fitch Ratings
  27. Duff & Phelps
  28. Global Credit Rating Co. -- South Africa
  29. Humphreys Clasificadora de Riesgo -- Chile
  30. Interfax Rating Agency (IRA) -- Russia
  31. Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) -- India
  32. Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCRA) -- Japan
  33. JCR-VIS Credit Rating Co. Ltd. -- Pakistan
  34. Korea Investors Service (KIS)
  35. Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad
  36. Mikuni
  37. Moody's Investors Service
  38. National Information and Credit Evaluation (NICE)
  39. ONICRA Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd. -- India
  40. Pacific Credit Rating
  41. Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA)
  42. Philippine Rating Services Corp. -- Philippines
  43. P.T. Kasnic Credit Rating Indonesia -- Indonesia
  44. P.T. PEFINDO Credit Rating Indonesia
  45. Rapid Ratings
  46. Rating Agency Malaysia Berhad (RAM)
  47. Rating and Investment Information, Inc. -- Japan
  48. Ratto-Humphreys Calificadora de Riesgo S.A. (Argentina)
  49. Rus Ratings -- (Russian)
  50. Seoul Credit Rating & Information, Inc. -- Korea
  51. Shanghai Credit Information Services Co., Ltd. -- China
  52. Shanghai Far East Credit Rating Co., Ltd.
  53. SKATE
  54. Slovak Rating Agency
  55. Sociedad Calificadora de Riesgo Centroamericana SA -- Costa Rica
  56. Standard and Poors
  57. Taiwan Ratings Corporation (TCR) -- Taiwan
  58. Thai Rating and Information Services (TRIS) -- Thailand
  59. Thompson BankWatch
  60. VALUE Calificadora de Riesgo, S.A.
  61. Veribanc
  62. Weiss Ratings Inc.
  63. Xinhua Far East China Ratings -- (China)

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