14 Oct '11, 3pm

Singapore university seeks to break hold of credit-rating goliaths - TODAYonline

Singapore university seeks to break hold of credit-rating goliaths 11:43 PM Oct 14, 2011 SINGAPORE - In a small lab, tucked away in the depths of a Singapore university campus, a team of researchers and their computers calculate the credit ratings of about 50,000 companies. Relying just on public data and stock price movements for their analysis, the project's founder, professor Duan Jin-Chuan, is confident their system can provide a more reliable guide to a company's credit risks than the commercial rating agencies. A confident claim, but a growing number of the system's 800 users are banks and fund managers, utilising it to help guide their own internal credit risk systems. "It offers a very transparent and objective approach to estimating the credit rating of companies," said Mr Benjamin Wong, a senior risk analyst at a UK bank. "I'm not sure a single bank could do what...

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