Fitch Risk Launches Ratings Validation Service
Byline: Natasha de Teran
Fitch Risk, the risk advisory firm affiliated to Fitch Ratings, has launched a new internal ratings validation service designed to help banks and firms validate and enhance their internal credit ratings practices ahead of Basel II.Increasing numbers of banks are seeking external validation of their ratings processes and methodologies to meet with the changing regulatory standards. Although the controversial Basel II Accord is not expected to take effect until late 2006 at the earliest, several vendors have already begun to prepare combined technological and consultancy offerings to help banks comply with prescribed changes in the way credit risk is measured.
Fitch Risk's latest effort leverages off the group's proprietary credit ratings models and credit rating experience to offer firms the information they need to evaluate and develop their own internal ratings processes.
Under Basel II, banks will be able to choose among three regulatory frameworks to calculate capital requirements for credit risk: standard, internal ratings based and advanced. …