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Fitch Ratings Named Best ESG, Investment Grade, Public Finance and Sovereigns Agency

Fitch Ratings has been recognised by The Asset as the Credit Rating Agency of the Year (2019) in four categories. This includes a first-time win in the publication's Triple A Award for ESG, a back-to-back award for Investment Grade, the third award in a row for Sovereigns and the fifth consecutive win for Public Finance.


Fitch Ratings Wins Latin America Credit Services Award

Capital Finance International (, a publication focused on emerging markets, has awarded its Best Credit Services Latin America 2020 award to Fitch Ratings.

Fitch Group welcomes signing of U.S.-China Phase One trade deal

 Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries, today welcomed the signing of the U.S.-China Phase One trade deal, which will result in the opening up of China's financial markets to U.S. companies, including credit ratings firms.


How Fit Is Your School? The Methodology Behind Forbes’ 2019 College Financial Health Grades

Emily Wadhwani, a Director in Fitch Ratings’ Public Finance sector and analytical lead for the nonprofit higher education group, is quoted in an article that reports on financial health of US private not-for-profit colleges.

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Trade tensions and NAFTA watch weigh on Canadian business investment

A chill has settled over Canadian business investment, as corporations sit on the sidelines in wait-and-see mode amid trade tensions and NAFTA ratification watch. For more on this, BNN Bloomberg spoke with James McCormack, global head of sovereign and supranational ratings at Fitch.

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Mass Market Gaming in Macau Is Holding Up

Alex Bumazhny, Senior Director, Fitch Ratings tells Bloomberg’s Bryan Curtis and Kathleen Hays mass market gaming in Macau is less affected by the trade war than is the VIP sector.


Expect single-digit growth for Macau gaming in 2020

Colin Mansfield, Director of Corporate Ratings at Fitch Ratings discusses his forecast for the gaming market in Macau and the outlook for Singapore’s casinos.


Fitch Wins China Ratings Agency Award for Second Year Running

Fitch Ratings has been named the "Best International Ratings Agency" in FinanceAsia's China Awards for the second consecutive year.

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Bloomberg TV – What the Changing State of Demographics Means for Economic Growth

Arlene Bohner, Fitch Ratings head of state and local government ratings, takes a look at the changing state of demographics and what it means for economic growth. She speaks with Bloomberg's Taylor Riggs on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)


Eurozone Savings Limit Recession Risk

Private sector savings have exceeded investment and improved debt ratios, reducing the risks that households and firms will cut spending sharply in response to external shocks, according to Fitch’s Chief Cconomist, Brian Coulton.

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Cyclical and Secular Threats to AM Profitability

Fitch Ratings has published a report suggesting a growing cyclical and secular threat to the profitability of asset management businesses, which are exposed to late-cycle risks and business models challenged by a shift in customer demand towards passive investment products.

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Islamic Finance and Sukuk Trends over Last Eight Years

Fitch Ratings' Global Head of Islamic Finance, Bashar Al Natoor, discusses Islamic banks and sukuk global trends from the last eight years and focuses on Islamic Finance in the UAE. He also touches upon the recent green sukuk developments.

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GCC Islamic Bank Mergers Likely to Increase, says Fitch

New research says consolidation should ultimately be positive for the Islamic banking sector by creating larger, stronger and more efficient banks


ENCA: Fitch Dim Outlook on South African Banks

ENCA discuss how the problems facing South Africa’s economy continue to increase as Fitch Ratings downgrade the country’s big five banks to negative. Watch the Video

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Laura Porter on State Budgets Benefit From 2019 Revenue Gains

Laura Porter, head of U.S. Public Finance at Fitch Ratings, examines how states are allocating increased revenue in fiscal 2020 budgets. She speaks with Bloomberg's Taylor Riggs in this week's "Muni Moment" on "Bloomberg Markets." 

Sukuk in UAE: Is It Where it Should Be?

Fitch Ratings' Global Head of Islamic Finance, speaks on Dubai One on the current state of sukuk in the UAE.

Fitch Ratings’ Global Head of Islamic Finance Bashar Al Natoor in the Media

Global Head of Islamic Finance, Bashar Al Natoor recently gave opening presentation and panel discussion a the 2nd Malaysia Issuers & Investors Leaders Dialogue with The Asset.
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Bashar also gave a podcast interview and discusses why Islamic finance is still so niche and has a long way to go before becoming mainstream, with The Breakfast Grille’s Wong Shou Nin.
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Fitch Ratings Monica Aggarwal on Bloomberg TV

Watch as Fitch Ratings Managing Director Monica Aggarwal discusses Amazon's Prime Day on 'Bloomberg Markets: The Close.'

Facebook's Libra Raises Data Privacy Questions

Facebook's Libra raises data privacy and competition questions as discussed by Monsur Hussain, senior director for financial institutions at Fitch Ratings on CNBC. 


Fitch Ratings Named Best Islamic Finance Rating Agency for Third Year

Fitch Ratings has been recognised as the Best Rating Agency for Islamic Finance for the third straight year by The Asset, a leading financial magazine in the Asia-Pacific.


Risks Rising: Dollar Could Lose Special Global Standing

Guest column: James McCormack, Global Head of Sovereigns and Supranationals at Fitch Ratings, writes for CNBC, “The US dollar may be at risk of surrendering its lead, if not its role, as the world’s preeminent reserve currency. Some of these factors relate to U.S. policy decisions, others to policy decisions and developments elsewhere, but all point in the same direction.”



Fitch Ratings’ Schwartz Speaks to Bloomberg on the Indian Election Results

Stephen Schwartz, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereign Ratings at Fitch Ratings, and Rahul Chadha, Chief Investment Officer at Mirae Asset Global Investments, talk about the sweeping election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, and the implications for the economy. They speak on Bloomberg: India 2019.

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No Quick Fix Likely on Trade

Brian Coulton, Chief Economist, Fitch Ratings, joined Rishaad Salamat and Doug Krizner on Daybreak Asia. He says we are firmly in escalation mode on trade. He goes onto the potential impact for his forecast on China’s growth and how China may respond.


Fitch's Wu Says China Banks' Outlook 'Very Challenging'

Grace Wu, Head of Greater China Banks at Fitch Ratings, talks about Chinese lenders. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world’s largest lender by assets, posted a 4.1 percent increase in full-year profit, while China Construction Bank Corp.’s profit rose 5.1%. Wu speaks on Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.

Statement on ESMA Public Notice and Censure Against Fitch Ratings Ltd

Fitch Ratings welcomes being able to now put this matter behind us, as it relates to breaches that occurred between 2013 and 2016. None of these breaches impacted the outcome of our ratings. Our interpretation of the EU regulations on disclosing the identity of CRA shareholders was made in good faith. We no longer have single individual shareholders who may be in a position to sit on the boards of rated entities. We remain committed to maintaining high standards of operations and full compliance with all regulatory rules and requirements.


Fitch Mulls Canada's 'AAA' Debt Rating

Charles Seville, Senior Director at Fitch Ratings, talks about Canada's debt rating in the wake of the latest federal budget.

Finance Bosses Will Need New Skillset

Leaders in the financial sector will need fundamentally different skills in the coming years, as a consequence of the financial crisis and the influx of millennials, says Sebastian Dovey, Fitch Learning’s Thought Leader-in-Residence. He told Bloomberg Daybreak Europe’s Nejra Cehic that data analytics will play a key role, while future leaders will also be expected to consider how their business plays in with the rest of society.


China's Medium-Term Potential Growth at Around 5.5%, Fitch Says

Stephen Schwartz, head of sovereign ratings for Asia-Pacific at Fitch Ratings, talks about China's economy, the government's policies, and debt ratings. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia."


Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank CEOs Reportedly in Merger Talks

Sabine Bauer, Group Credit Officer, EMEA Financial Institutions, discusses the European banking system and the current anti-money laundering dynamics. Watch video

Fitch Ratings Voted Best Agency for Chinese USD Bonds in 3 Categories

Fitch Ratings has been voted the "Outstanding Rating Agency for Chinese Companies' USD Bonds" in three categories by users of Wall Street Trader, a financial web application widely used by participants in China's debt capital markets. 

Fitch Named Best Rating Agency in APAC in Record 5 Categories

Fitch has won the Credit Rating Agency of the Year (2018) awards for the corporate, investment-grade, public-finance, project-finance and sovereign categories. It is the agency's first award for the investment-grade category, and the fourth consecutive win for public finance.

Fitch Ratings Appoints New Chairman for Asia Pacific

Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research, today announced it has appointed Matthew Ginsburg as Chairman, Asia Pacific. He succeeds Bernard de Lattre, who is stepping down from the role, but will remain at Fitch for the foreseeable future in order to ensure a smooth transition.


Fitch Ratings: Philippines Telecoms Sector

Janice Chong, Director in Fitch Ratings’ APAC Technology team, speaks to ABS-CBN on the credit ratings outlook for Philippine telcos, including the challenges and prospects for the rollout of 5G, the next generation wireless standard.


China’s Internet Giants: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent

Steve Durose, Managing Director and Deputy Head of APAC Corporate Ratings at Fitch Ratings, discusses Alibaba earnings and his ratings on Chinese internet giants. He speaks on Bloomberg Markets: Asia.

Brian Filanowski Appointed President of Fitch Solutions

Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Filanowski as President of Fitch Solutions. Ranjit Tinaikar, who has held the role of President for the past two years, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. He will continue to support Fitch Solutions as an advisor during a transition period.

Fitch Ratings Launches ESG Relevance Scores to Show Impact of ESG on Credit

Fitch Ratings today announced the launch of a new integrated scoring system that shows how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors impact individual credit rating decisions. 


Expect Corporate Credit Growth in China to Pick Up in 2019

Ying Wang of Fitch Ratings says it is "sensible" for the Chinese authorities to shift its focus from deleveraging efforts, which increased corporate sector defaults in 2018, to stabilizing leverage in the country.

Fitch Group Becomes a Wholly-Owned Hearst Business

Hearst acquires remaining 20% equity interest in leading global financial information services company, Fitch Group.


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