Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services
With offices in 23 countries and a history that dates back nearly 150 years, Standard & Poor’s is known to investors worldwide as a leader of financial- market intelligence.
Today Standard & Poor’s strives to provide investors who want to make better informed investment decisions with market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, indices, investment research and risk evaluations and solutions.
Most notably, we are known as an independent provider of credit ratings. In 2008, we published more than one million new and revised credits ratings and have rated more than US$32 trillion in outstanding debt.
Standard & Poor’s is also widely known for maintaining one of the most widely followed indices of large-cap American stocks: the S&P 500. In 2007, the S&P 500 celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Additionally, the S&P Global 1200 covers approximately 30 markets constituting approximately 70% of global market capitalization. Currently, there are more than $1.5 trillion in investment assets directly tied to S&P indices and approximately $5 trillion is benchmarked to S&P indices—more than all other index providers combined.
Moreover, Standard & Poor’s independent equity research business is among the world’s leading providers of independent investment information, offering fundamental coverage on approximately 2,000 stocks. We are also a leader in mutual fund information and analysis.