Credit Ratings: What The Rating Agencies Look For? - July 18, 2013

Group Internet-based course
Prerequisites: None
Course Level: Basic
CPE Credits: 2

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


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Who Will Benefit
Finance staff, new chief financial officers, and those who are responsible for their entity’s debt management.

It is essential that the finance office understand the credit rating process. This session will discuss the relationship between issuers and rating agencies and give tips on making the best rating agency presentations. The session will also discuss the use of credit enhancements.

Seminar Objectives

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the various debt instruments available to state and local governments
  • Develop effective policy guidelines for debt management
  • Bring awareness to using and hiring outside finance professionals
  • Understand issuer disclosure responsibilities 
  • Get the most out of rating agency presentations

Recommended Reading

  • Benchmarking and Measuring Debt Capacity (GFOA Budgeting Series, Vol. 1)
  • Debt Issuance and Management: A Guide for Smaller Governments
  • An Elected Official’s Guide: Debt Issuance(second edition)
  • A Guide for Preparing a Debt Policy
  • Tax-Exempt Financing: A Primer (revised edition)


Registration Fees
GFOA member:  $85     Nonmember:  $160