Standard & Poor's  today announced enhanced coverage and search capabilities for its Web-based ratings query and reporting tool, Ratings IQuery.  The coverage has expanded to include formerly rated entities over the past 20 years, adding nearly 11,000 entities.  Searching within the structured and public finance sectors has also been enhanced so that results can be generated by sector, asset type (such as ABS, CDOs, health  care, housing, etc.), or individual securities. 

According to a company release, these enhancements allow users to import portfolios directly from the rating agency's RatingsDirect, which is the real-time, Web-based source for S&P's global credit ratings, research, and risk analysis.  The enhancement allows analysts, portfolio managers, risk managers, treasurers, compliance officers and other fixed income market professionals to access ratings and research more easily by searching on organizations listed in RatingsDirect portfolios.  

Ratings IQuery enables clients to perform highly complex Web-based queries of S&P's extensive credit ratings database. With Ratings IQuery, users can create their own ratings lists to identify trends, create benchmarks and do conduct quantitative studies. Ratings IQuery provides the ability to search on specific issues, issuers, securities identifiers, servicers, tranches and pools. 

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