December Credit Update: Consensus Financial Downgrades Outweigh Upgrades

Credit Benchmark has published the latest monthly credit consensus data (from November 2019) based on contributions from 40+ financial institutions, covering 50,000 separate legal entities.

The monthly upgrades and downgrades overview is now based on data adjusted for changes in contributor mix.

Monthly consensus upgrades and downgrades:

  •  298 obligors improved their credit standing by at least one notch.
  •  330 obligors deteriorated.
  •  61 moved more than one notch.
  • The frequency of upgrades and downgrades has slightly increased.

Last month showed improvements across 281 obligors and deterioration across 315, with 58 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in just one out of the ten reported industries and six out of ten have more downgrades.
  • Technology shows an improvement in credit quality with 12 upgrades and eight downgrades.
  • The industries showing deteriorations include:
    • Financials with 57 upgrades and 64 downgrades.
    • Oil & Gas with 22 upgrades and 33 downgrades.
    • Consumer Goods with 21 upgrades and 26 downgrades.

Note: Monthly upgrade / downgrade movement is based on 26,000 individual Consensus PDs.

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Credit Benchmark brings together internal credit risk views from over 40 leading global financial institutions. The contributions are anonymized, aggregated, and published in the form of consensus ratings and aggregate analytics to provide an independent, real-world perspective of credit risk. Risk and investment professionals at banks, insurance companies, asset managers and other financial firms use the data for insights into the unrated, monitoring and alerting within their portfolios, benchmarking, assessing and analyzing trends, and fulfilling regulatory requirements and capital.