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downgrade

Chiefly US and Canadian a downward slope, esp in a road
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The number of upgrades in the fourth quarter of 2006 far exceeded downgrades with an upgrade-to-downgrade ratio of 2.
Fitch also modeled the potential effect if Scottish Re was to be downgraded further and determined that further downgrades would not increase guarantee fees sufficiently to change Ballantyne Re's ratings.
The downgrades affect about $61,218,534 of outstanding certificates and reflect potential negative impact of loan performance issues on these bonds.
Of the nine downgrades, eight were in acute care and one was in long-term care.