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About the Firm

S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies offers a portfolio of products and services that serve the global financial markets by providing financial market intelligence and analytic insight for risk driven investment analysis within the debt, structured finance, derivative, and credit markets.

S&P Capital IQ Financial Services LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, S&P Capital IQ is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for over 150 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions.

S&P Capital IQ credit research includes breaking news, special reports, industry report cards and analyses from S&P Capital IQ global team of credit analysts.

What's Provided on Fidelity.com

Corporate Market:

  • Industry report cards include a commentary/key trends section, an issuer review containing the current ratings and analytical comments, and rating changes during the quarter.
  • Special Reports highlight topical research and provide historical perspective.
  • Summary Analysis is an abbreviated analysis containing S&P Capital IQ issuer credit ratings as of the time the article was published. The analysis includes a rating rationale (the basis on which the rating was assigned), a liquidity section and an outlook section if the issuer is not on CreditWatch. Financial statistics are not included.
  • Commentary on sectors or on companies when no rating action is taken. Comments also are issued to announce newly published S&P research articles or upcoming teleconferences.

U.S. Public Finance/Municipal Market

  • U.S. Public Finance Report Cards are published on particular segments of the municipal market.
  • State Ratings and Outlooks: current list of state ratings with associated credit outlooks.
  • State Review: individual detailed reviews of each state.
  • Summary Analysis: An abbreviated analysis containing S&P Capital IQ credit rating on the indicated issues as of the time the article was published. The analysis includes a rating rationale (the basis on which the rating was assigned) and an outlook section if the rating is not on credit watch. Financial statistics are not included.
  • Commentary on municipals when no rating action is taken. Comments also are issued to announce newly published S&P research articles or upcoming teleconferences.

S&P Capital IQ Securities Evaluations Monthly Commentaries

The commentaries provide a monthly update from S&P Capital IQ Securities Evaluations pricing analysts on market activity in the Corporate High Yield, Corporate High Grade, and U.S. Municipal High Grade markets.

S&P Podcasts

S&P Capital IQ Podcasts cover the major stories affecting the global financial markets. Podcasts are delivered over the internet, and can be played using a media player (such as Windows Media, QuickTime, Real Player, iTunes, etc.) or transferred to any portable digital media device.

  • Municipal Weekly Podcasts - The Rieger Report is a weekly podcast summarizing the performance characteristics and key events in the municipal bond market.
  • Corporate Weekly Podcasts is a weekly podcast summarizing the performance characteristics and key events in the corporate bond market.

U.S. Economic Research

Important Disclosure on access to S&P Monthly Commentaries and Podcasts

Your access to and use of the S&P Capital IQ Securities Evaluations Monthly Commentaries ("Commentaries") shall be subject to the disclosures and disclaimers that may be included on the Commentaries.

Your access to and use of the S&P Capital IQ Podcast web sites ("Podcast Web Sites") shall be subject to the terms of use of the Podcast Web Sites and any disclosures or disclaimers that may included on the Podcast Web Sites.