Announcements Criteria Research

GCR publishes Criteria for Fund Ratings and Criteria for Management Quality Ratings

The criteria titled ‘Criteria for Fund Ratings’ predominantly applies to fixed income funds, including money market funds and other funds with portfolios that invest primarily in debt and debt like securities. Fund ratings (“f”) are not credit ratings. Therefore, they do not measure the relative ability of a fund to repay principal and/or interest in a timely manner. Rather, Fund Ratings indicate an opinion regarding the fund’s ability to preserve principal value under varying market conditions that may be affected by credit risk, interest rates, liquidity, as well as other market conditions.

Announcements Criteria Research

GCR lowers the South African Financial Institutions’ Sector Risk Score to ‘7.5’, from ‘8’

The Financial Institutions sector risk score (ranging from 0 to 15) is a key factor in the operating environment component score. The core of the GCR Ratings Framework is based on GCR’s opinion that an entity’s operating environment largely frames its creditworthiness. As a result, the operating environment analysis anchors the underlying risk score for the GCR rating methodology.