Rabo loses AAA status in S&P downgrade wave
Rabobank this week lost its AAA rating from S&P after the ratings agency implemented its new ratings criteria for banks on 37 of the largest global financial institutions. The Dutch lender was the only bank to receive a two-notch downgrade, going from AAA (negative outlook) to AA (stable outlook). Rabo had held a AAA rating from S&P since 1981.
Seven of the eight US banks included in the list were downgraded, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi and Morgan Stanley, while HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland were also sent down one notch. Ratings on 20 banks remained stable; China Construction Bank got an upgrade.
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