Business / Taxes / Rating Service: A rating service, such as A.M. Best, Moody's Investors Service, or Standard & Poor's, evaluates bond issuers to determine the level of risk they pose to would-be investors. Though each rating service focuses on somewhat different criteria in making its evaluation, the assessments tend to agree on which investments pose the least default risk and which pose the most. These rating services also evaluate insurance companies, including those offering fixed annuities and life insurance, in terms of how likely a provider is to meet its financial obligations to policyholders.
Service Noun Synonyms: assignment, post, appointment, secondment
Service Verb Synonyms: help, assistance, aid,efulness, utility, benefit, advantage
Business / Finance / S and P Rating: Rating service provided by S&P that indicates the amount of risk involved with different securities. MORE
Business / Finance / Operating Profit (Or Loss): Revenue from a firm's regular activities less costs and expenses and before income deductions. MORE