James Fielding

Senior Director, Real Estate Finance
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Jim Fielding is a senior director in Standard & Poor’s Real Estate Finance Group, a subgroup within the

Corporate & Government Ratings Division. He is one of six analysts within a team that follows roughly 90

domestic real estate operating companies, including developers, homebuilders, private trusts, and real estate

investment trusts.

Jim is responsible for the evaluation and surveillance of credit ratings for approximately 25 companies, with

a particular focus on homebuilders and commercial developers as well as offi ce and neighborhood shopping

center REITs. Prior to joining the Real Estate Finance Group in 1998, Jim spent nine years in the Public Finance

Group at Standard & Poor’s where he specialized in tax-secured obligations including special assessment

bonds used to fi nance community infrastructure improvements.

Jim received his B.S. in Business Administration from Concordia College and is an associate member of the

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Author Archives: James Fielding

U.S. Construction Industry Outlook Weak On Challenging Operating Conditions

In this CreditMatters TV segment, I describe the influence the challenging economic conditions will have on the overall U.S. construction industry, as well as the U.S. building products and materials sector.  Standard & Poor’s baseline assumption is that 2012 construction will roughly mirror 2011 activity with downside risks that include a 40% probability of a […]

Liquidity is a key focus as the recovery for U.S. homebuilders remains elusive

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ base-case outlook for credit quality in the U.S. homebuilding sector is generally stable through the balance of 2011 despite a disappointing spring selling season. Our cautiously stable outlook for 2012 could tilt in a negative direction if our baseline forecast for a modest housing recovery again fails to materialize and […]

Are REITs Gaining Ground At Homebuilders’ Expense?

Conditions are tough for U.S. homebuilders, perhaps more difficult than at any time since the Great Depression. New home sales are less than one-quarter of their 2005 peak, and home prices have been falling again. Conversely, factors that weigh on the homebuilding sector, such as more restrictive mortgage standards and high foreclosure rates, are boosting […]

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