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Mad meat… how securitized lending collapsed the financial system

Mad meat! how securitized lending collapsed the financial system View more presentations from catelong.

The Wall Street Reform Bill: Conference Update

A summary of where we are in the legislative reform process of the financial system. [BTW: follow me on Twitter  — cate_long — tweeting on the conference process) From an email announcement from the House Financial Services Committee: The Wall Street Reform Bill: Conference Update Washington –Last week was a successful week for the House […]

How to untangle the credit rating agency’s conflicts of interest

The House and Senate conferees worked hard to today to reconcile their versions of financial reform. Agreement was reached on private funds, insurance regulation and the merger of bank regulators. A sticking point was on Subtitle C of Title IX which covers credit rating agencies. I’d like to recommend to Chairman Barney Frank and others that they propose […]

Credit ratings agencies are more powerful than regulators – why not harness that?

Tomorrow the House and Senate conference committee is finalizing the language for credit rating agencies. The push and shove is in full flight… Senator Al Franken is promoting his amendment to establish a “ratings board” that will assign a specific rater (Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations [NRSRO]) to rate structured finance deals. If adopted his amendment […]

Our English cousins lay it out…

The House of Commons Treasury Committee Ninth Report of Session 2009–10 Report, together with formal minutes Ordered by the House of Commons, to be published 22 March 2010 Too important to fail– too important to ignore Summary The banking crisis of the last two years resulted in government support for the sector around the world amounting to almost a […]

Fitch announces recalibration of U.S. municipal ratings

Fitch Announces Recalibration of U.S. Municipal Bond Ratings NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitch Ratings is proceeding with the recalibration of certain of its U.S. Public Finance credit ratings. Fitch initially announced the initiative in July 2008, but suspended it in October of that year in the midst of the financial crisis. This recalibration will affect ratings in […]

Muni market confusion

Bond insurance down to 5% of new issues from 50%… BABs have reduced supply… Are credit ratings to be trusted? Municipal revenues has declined… “We don’t expect the muni market to collapse…”

Baby steps for transparency… S&P to use identifiers on structured finance ratings

Standard and Poor’s will begin using an identifier to distinguish between their ratings on structured finance products and other ratings… this is a good step forward for the markets… (H/T Credit Risk Chronicles) ~~~”As market participants will be aware, under the European Regulation on Credit Rating Agencies (Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009) in force from December 2009 (the […]

California is 1/8 the economy

From Jesse’s Cafe a useful view into the relative contribution of states to GDP… Who will backstop California?

California = Libya