Credit Rating Info

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Below are the definitions for the credit ratings used for Preferred Stocks and Exchange Traded Debt Issues

S&P        Investment Grade  AAA, AA, A, BBB, BBB-

Speculative Grade  BB+, BB, B, CCC, CC, C, D>


Moodys  Investment Grade  Aaa, Aa, A, Baa

Speculative Grade  Ba, B, Caa, Ca, C

Moodys may add 1, 2 or 3 to the end of the letter grade to further refine the rating.  A 1 would indicate the upper end of the rating, while a 3 would indicate the lower end.


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Tim McPartland is a private investor with over 45 years of investing experience. His analysis, research and writing is devoted to the hunt for income producing securities of all types, but in particular specializing in preferred stocks, exchange traded debt and Master Limited Partnerships.
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