A company that disseminates or distributes an opinion about the creditworthiness of a rating target through the use of a defined ranking system of rating categories is conducting credit rating activities, and would need to be licensed to do so.
Individuals who are involved in the preparation of a credit rating in Singapore are required to be appointed as .
The activities involved in the preparation of a credit rating include:
- analysing information or data;
- formulating or drafting an opinion on the creditworthiness of a rating target;
- evaluating or approving a credit rating;
- monitoring or reviewing a credit rating which has been issued;
- formulating or drafting credit rating methodologies or models; and
- evaluating or approving credit rating methodologies or models.
If the preparation of credit ratings is carried out wholly outside Singapore, the company and its employees do not need to be licensed even if the credit ratings are intended for dissemination in Singapore.
Details on how to apply for a corporate licence and be registered as an appointed representative can be found on the page and page respectively.
For more information, please refer to the .
A credit rating agency is required to put in place policies, procedures and controls which are commensurate with its nature, scale and complexity of business, including an independent compliance function. It must also adhere to conduct requirements set out in the .