July Credit Update: Consensus Upgrades and Downgrades are in Balance

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

  • 324 obligors improved their credit standing by at least one notch.
  • 416 obligors deteriorated.
  • 58 moved more than one notch.
  • The frequency of upgrades has decreased while the frequency of downgrades has increased.

Last month showed improvements across 356 obligors and deterioration across 367, with 57 moving by more than one notch.


  • Upgrades dominate downgrades in one out of the ten reported industries and three out of ten have more downgrades.
  • The industry showing an improvement in credit quality is:
    • Technology with seven upgrades and three downgrades.
  • The industries showing deteriorations are:
    • Basic Materials with 15 upgrades and 17 downgrades.
    • Consumer Services with 26 upgrades and 36 downgrades.
    • Industrials with 34 upgrades and 42 downgrades.

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