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Best borrowers poll: Methodology

This year Euromoney combined its existing fixed income research poll with a new poll that asked investors to nominate the best fixed income issuers both globally and across a range of sectors and borrower types that matched categories in the research poll. The survey was therefore in two parts: best research house and best borrower.

Investors were asked to nominate their top three borrowers in each category based on issuance strategy, credit quality and investor relations.

They were also asked to nominate their top three credit research teams, or individuals, across the same categories.

Nominated firms are scored 4:3:2 for first, second and third place votes respectively in each poll. The scores are then totalled for each individual category and these scores totalled for the overall table

Polling was carried out from March 12 to April 24 2009.

In total, 1,542 investors took part in the polling period. 1,508 valid responses were received for the fixed income research part of the poll; 876 valid responses were received for the best borrowers part of the poll.

The overall breakdown of responses by region was as follows:

Overall by region Number Percentage
Western Europe 1,303 84.50%
North America 75 4.86%
Asia 64 4.15%
Central and eastern Europe 61 3.96%
Middle East 14 0.91%
Other 25 1.62%

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tim Moxon, head of research, at

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