January Credit Update: Consensus Upgrades Outweigh Downgrades

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Credit Benchmark has published the latest monthly credit consensus data (from December 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:

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

Last month showed improvements across 298 obligors and deterioration across 330, with 61 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in nine of the ten reported industries and one industry shows balance.
  • Consumer Goods shows balance with 33 upgrades and 33 downgrades.
  • The industries showing improvements include:
    • Financials with 128 upgrades and 67 downgrades.
    • Consumer Services with 58 upgrades and 36 downgrades.
    • Industrials with 77 upgrades and 49 downgrades.

Note: Monthly upgrade / downgrade movement is based on 27,000 individual Consensus PDs.

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