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The Fed says no-no to rating shopping

Reuters reports about the Federal Reserve opening the pool of ratings they will use for the TALF program to include two small, investor paid NRSROs (DBRS and Realpoint)… and the reporter gets to the real underlying issue…. which is the issuer doing selective disclosure… or the right of issuers to share the underwriting details with […]

Conflict supposition

~~~~”McDaniel this month defended the credit raters’ issuer-pay model at an SEC roundtable in Washington, saying that investors can pressure ratings companies just as easily as underwriters….”*~~~~ This will become the central argument in defense of the “issuer pay” model for credit ratings agencies…. The SEC receives information from credit rating agencies as part of […]

Insurers concerned about NAIC pursuit of its own rating agency

  Source: BestWire Services ~~~~ “Some insurers increasingly are concerned about a National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ initiative to establish its own rating entity, fearing they could be saddled with high start-up costs and be subject to decisions made by combined regulator-raters with their own conflicts of interest. The NAIC concluded its national meeting in […]

SEC roundtable on credit rating agencies

 The SEC credit ratings roundtable will be webcast here… Here is the agenda…  and some coverage from the WSJ.com…

Extend Regulation Fair Disclosure to the fixed income markets

US and global bond markets have been in deep distress. The reverberations have been manifested in the worldwide banking system. Substantial public and private capital has been injected into the banking system to stabilize the largest banks and other financial institutions. Lawmakers have been examining issues in the banking and finance areas. The flow of […]

ra ra ra rating shopping

Everyone has missed the main point of the problem of the Federal Reserve mandating the use of ratings from Moody’s, S&P and Fitch for the TALF program … the problem is rating shopping… Which means that issuers of the securities that the Federal Reserve is buying have shopped around for the best ratings… selectively disclosed […]

Crowdsourcing ratings

From Fast Company… ~~~~ FreeRisk: Crowdsourcing Credit Ratings? BY Kermit Pattison  Fri Apr 3, 2009 at 11:00 AM The recent financial meltdown demonstrated that credit rating agencies were blind to the dangers ahead. Toby Segaran of Metaweb Technologies and Jesper Andersen of the Open Data Group hope that crowdsourcing and transparency can help fix this mess. They […]

can produce facts showing the rating agencies “knowingly or recklessly failed” to conduct a “reasonable investigation” of a rated security

UPDATE:US Sen Bill Would Make It Easier To Sue Credit-Rating Firms Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES ~~~~ “WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–Credit-rating agencies could become more susceptible to class-action lawsuits if they knowingly or recklessly misrepresent the risks of the securities they rate under a pending Senate proposal. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who chairs the Senate Banking Securities […]

Legislative oppurtunities

Bloomberg is reporting that new efforts are being made in Congress to rein in the dominant rating agencies… specifically it looks like legislation would remove the First Amendment protections that raters have stood behind when deflecting liabilities for their opinions… this would be a substantive change in the business and welcome…  ~~~~Reed Seeks Expanded Liability […]

2005 cohort

From my comments to the SEC on raters…. Is the proposed application of the rule to prospective credit ratings, i.e., credit ratings that are initially determined on or after June 26, 2007, appropriate and do commenter’s believe it would provide meaningful information if the rule was limited to credit ratings made on or after that date? […]