Standard & Poor's Adds Analytics and Ratings History to Leading Research Service

Ratings IQuery boosts research and analysis capabilities for fixed income market professionals

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 // -- Standard & Poor's, a leading provider of financial market intelligence, today announced enhanced coverage and search capabilities for its Web-based ratings query and reporting tool, Ratings IQuery. Coverage has expanded to include formerly rated entities (Not Rated - NR) over the past 20 years, adding nearly 11,000 entities. Searching within the structured and public finance sectors has also been enhanced so that results can be generated by sector, asset type (e.g., ABS, CDOs, health care, housing, etc.) or individual securities.

With these enhancements, Ratings IQuery users can import portfolios directly from Standard & Poor's RatingsDirect®, the real-time, Web-based source for Standard & Poor's global credit ratings, research and risk analysis. This improvement enables analysts, portfolio managers, risk managers, treasurers, compliance officers and other fixed income market professionals to access ratings and research more easily by searching on organizations listed in user-defined RatingsDirect portfolios. In addition, the new capabilities give clients more powerful tools for querying the entire Standard & Poor's ratings database.

"Our expanded NR coverage and improved search capabilities enable users to conduct queries and historical analysis on a broader universe of entities for more extensive comparative results," explains Charles Warburton, Director, Product Management. "These enhancements will be especially useful for market participants who need better access to deep historical ratings information to research ratings, default and transition behavior across user-defined parameters or the entire rated universe."

Ratings IQuery enables clients to perform highly complex Web-based queries of Standard & Poor's extensive credit ratings database. With Ratings IQuery, users can create their own ratings lists to identify trends, create benchmarks and conduct quantitative studies. Ratings IQuery provides the ability to search on specific issues, issuers, securities identifiers, servicers, tranches and pools. The product provides email alerts of ratings changes on a real-time, daily or weekly basis. In addition, users can personalize their online displays and download sophisticated queries into Microsoft Excel(TM), text and XML format.

For more information on Ratings IQuery, visit or call 212-438-1793. For more information on RatingsDirect, visit

About Standard & Poor's
Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world's foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With approximately 7,500 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 21 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit

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