Credit Ratings

Credit ratings can be used to assess the creditworthiness of an institution, for example, a bank. Credit ratings are assigned by independent organisations known as credit rating agencies. The three leading rating agencies are Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings.

Credit rating agencies issue both short-term and long-term credit ratings and use their own scales to denote creditworthiness. These ratings can provide investors with an indication of the institution’s strength and ability to meet its financial commitments. For example, in the case of structured investments, the bank’s ability to repay the capital and any returns due to investors.

Credit ratings are the opinion of the credit rating agency and are not a guarantee of credit quality. Please see the following websites for information on each agency’s scales and how their opinions are reflected in each rating:

www.standardandpoors.com
www.moodys.com
www.fitchratings.com

The credit rating of an institution is regularly reviewed by the credit rating agencies. It is therefore possible that the rating quoted in the brochure for a structured investment plan may have changed since publication. You can use this webpage to monitor credit ratings during the investment term of your plan.

Please see below the current credit ratings of the banks which back Walker Crips Structured Investment plans.

Ratings are accurate as at 27 May 2020.

Standard & Poor's Moody's Fitch
Rating Outlook Rating Outlook Rating Outlook
Aviva PLC A STABLE A2 STABLE A+ STABLE
Barclays Bank PLC A NEGATIVE A1 STABLE A+ STABLE
Barclays PLC BBB NEGATIVE Baa2 STABLE A STABLE
BNP Paribas A+ NEGATIVE Aa3 STABLE A+ STABLE
Citigroup Global Markets Ltd A+ STABLE A1 STABLE A+ NEGATIVE
Credit Suisse AG A+ STABLE A1 POS A NEGATIVE
Goldman Sachs International A+ STABLE A1 STABLE A+ NEGATIVE
HSBC Bank PLC A+ STABLE Aa3 NEGATIVE AA- NEGATIVE
HSBC Holdings PLC A- STABLE A2 NEGATIVE A+ NEGATIVE
Investec Bank PLC - Not Rated A1 STABLE BBB+ STABLE
Lloyds Bank PLC A+ NEGATIVE Aa3 NEGATIVE A+ NEGATIVE
Lloyds Banking Group PLC BBB+ NEGATIVE A3 NEGATIVE A+ NEGATIVE
Morgan Stanley BBB+ STABLE A3 POS A NEGATIVE
Morgan Stanley & Co. International PLC A+ STABLE A1 POS N/A N/A
Natixis A+ NEGATIVE A1 STABLE A+ STABLE
NatWest Markets PLC (formerly RBS PLC) A- NEGATIVE Baa2 POS A+ NEGATIVE
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC BBB NEGATIVE Baa2 POS A NEGATIVE
The UK Government AAu STABLE Aa2u NEGATIVE AA- NEGATIVE
Santander UK PLC A NEGATIVE Aa3 NEGATIVE A+ NEGATIVE
Societe Generale SA A STABLE A1 STABLE A STABLE

* CreditWatch: An institution placed on CreditWatch highlights the potential direction of a rating due to identifiable events and short-term trends.

If you have any questions about credit ratings, please call us on 020 3100 8880.

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Walker Crips Structured Investments is a specialist division providing financial advisers, institutions and other professional intermediaries with carefully considered investment opportunities.

Our independence not only allows us to select from the world’s leading global financial institutions, it also provides us with a flexible market perspective which enables us the precision to create the right product at the right time.

We do not give investment advice ourselves, instead we focus on the design and administration of our structured investment plans.

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Walker Crips Group plc (Old Change House, 128 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BJ), registered in England, registered number 1432059, incorporates the following companies which are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority: Walker Crips Investment Management Limited registered in England number 4774117 member of the London Stock Exchange, Walker Crips Wealth Management Limited registered in England number 3790291, Ebor Trustees Limited registered in England number 3514268, Barker Poland Asset Management LLP registered in England and Wales number OC341149.