Posted on Nov 24, 2015

The international credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, has confirmed that Guernsey’s credit rating remains at its highest possible level.

The AA+ rating, which represents an excellent assessment, is the highest that a jurisdiction such as Guernsey, without its own currency, can achieve under the ratings methodology.

In its latest rating announcement, Standard & Poor’s said Guernsey had ‘a wealthy and open economy, generally strong institutional environment, and robust fiscal position based on a prudent fiscal framework and sizeable government assets.’

Guernsey’s Treasury and Resources Minister Gavin St Pier said: “This decision is a strong public affirmation of Guernsey’s fiscal and economic stability and strength. It is also confirmation that the rating agency considers that Guernsey’s prosperity alongside effective and predictable policy setting justifies the highest rating that it is possible for Guernsey to obtain. Standard & Poor’s cites the robust fiscal position, with liquid assets amounting to 112% of GDP, as supporting the position.

“It is clear that Standard & Poor’s is assessing its criteria in relation to ‘micro-sovereign’ jurisdictions, such as Guernsey, over the course of the next few months.  We will work with them in order to understand how any such technical changes might impact Guernsey’s future credit ratings ahead of next year’s assessment. In the meantime their decision to maintain Guernsey’s credit rating at AA+ is a very positive development.”