July Credit Update: Consensus Upgrades Outnumber Downgrades

Credit Benchmark has published the latest monthly credit consensus data (from June 2018), with 24 contributor banks. The set of bank-sourced credit views (CBCs*) now covers almost 21,000 separate legal entities.

Monthly consensus upgrades and downgrades:

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

Last month showed improvements across 319 obligors and deterioration across 297, with 75 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in eight out of ten reported industries.
  • The industries showing an improvement in credit quality include:
    • Oil & Gas with 30 upgrades and seven downgrades.
    • Health Care with 13 upgrades and two downgrades.
    • Utilities with 20 upgrades and six downgrades.
  • The industries showing deteriorations are:
    • Telecommunications with four upgrade and six downgrades.
    • Technology with seven upgrades and eight downgrades.

* CBC = Credit Benchmark Consensus; a 21-category classification which is explicitly linked to probability of default estimates sourced from major banks. A CBC of bbb+ is broadly comparable with BBB+ from S&P and Fitch or Baa1 from Moody’s.

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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.