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Fitch Launches 'The Why? Forum' to Share Broader Perspectives, Further Enhance Transparency
ME NewsWire / BusinessWire

NEW YORK - Thursday, September 19th 2013

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Fitch Ratings today launches ‘The Why? Forum’ (, an interactive website where leading thinkers from Fitch and beyond share insights about the important themes at play in global markets and the economy.

The Why? Forum includes articles, videos, interactive data presentations, and event previews, allowing Fitch analysts to be even more accessible and Fitch data to be more interactive.

"Transparency is a priority at Fitch, from explaining the methodologies underlying the ratings to discussing the factors driving them. The Why? Forum adds a new dimension to our transparency by sharing why we think what we think about the sweeping trends that matter to market participants. The Why? Forum shares those broader perspectives with the public, and helps investors make more informed decisions,” said Paul Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fitch Ratings.

The Why? Forum is an interactive online platform offering bylined articles, video, interactive data and event previews to provide insight beyond ratings. With contributions from Fitch analysts and soon from other market leaders, The Why? Forum examines ‘why we think what we think’ about global economic, demographic and geopolitical trends, increasing understanding of our world. With free content that is broader and more informal than our ratings commentary, the site encourages social media sharing and also allows visitors to post comments on the articles and videos they view.

"By increasing understanding of significant marketplace shifts, Fitch makes further strides toward expanding the quality and reach of its research, and its ability to make risks and opportunities a little more predictable,” said Taylor. "Fitch emerged as an alternative to the status quo in credit ratings because there was market will to bring about change – to do things differently. The Why? Forum is a continuation of that mission.”

Fitch Ratings

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market knowledge and deep credit market experience. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence. For more information visit

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. In addition to Fitch Ratings, the group includes Fitch Solutions, an industry-leading provider of credit risk products and services, and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. Fitch Group is jointly owned by Paris-based Fimalac, S.A. and New York-based Hearst Corporation.


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