Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

Moody's Investors Service

A financial services company that primarily offers credit ratings for different kinds of bonds. That is, it serves as a credit ratings agency and a research firm. It is one of only ten firms the SEC recognizes as a credit rating agency; though, like other CRAs, its methods have been subject to criticism. For example, it gave the nation of Iceland a near top rating until its bankruptcy in 2008. It is based in New York and was established in 1909.
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Moody's Investors Service, Inc..

Moody's is a financial services company best known for rating investments. Moody's rates bonds, common stock, commercial paper, municipal short-term bonds, preferred stocks, and annuity contracts.

Its bond rating system, which assigns a grade from Aaa through C3 based on the financial condition of the issuer, has become a world standard.

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It was rated AAA by Standard & Poor's Corp., and Aa2 by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. The transaction was also the first securitization by the banks, Banco Interfin S.A and Banco de San Jose S.A., the second and third largest private financial institutions in Costa Rica, respectively, which originated the mortgages.
Financial Communications (Chicago, IL) has agreed to acquire Moody's Financial Information Services (Charlotte, NC) from Moody's Investors Service, Inc. (New York) and parent Dun & Bradstreet (Murray Hill, NJ).