February Credit Update: Consensus Upgrades Continue to Outweigh Downgrades for Financials

Credit Benchmark has published the latest monthly credit consensus data (from January 2019) based on contributions from 30+ financial institutions, covering over 25,500 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:

  • 365 obligors improved their credit standing by at least one notch.
  • 322 obligors deteriorated.
  • 62 moved more than one notch.
  • The frequency of upgrades and downgrades has increased.

Last month showed improvements across 346 obligors and deterioration across 312, with 62 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in four out of ten reported industries.
  • The industries showing an improvement in credit quality include:
    • Financials with 99 upgrades and 54 downgrades.
    • Oil & Gas with 20 upgrades and 14 downgrades.
    • Utilities with 18 upgrades and 12 downgrades.
  • The industries showing deteriorations are:
    • Consumer Services with 24 upgrades and 32 downgrades.
    • Telecommunications with four upgrades and eight downgrades.



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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.