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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:05 PM
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Quelle Surprise !!!: Credit Rating companies give best ratings to companies that pay them the most
Edited on Fri Oct-28-11 04:06 PM by marmar
(Bloomberg) Credit-rating companies routinely award higher rankings to debt issued by banks and corporations that pay them the most, a conflict of interest that may escape Congressional efforts to change the way they do business.

Bonds from countries and cities that pay about half as much as issuers of less creditworthy debt are rated more harshly, according to a study by scholars at Indiana University in Bloomington, Washington, D.C.-based American University and Rice University in Houston. Sovereigns rated A had no defaults over a 30-year period, compared with 1.8 percent of corporate bonds and 27.2 percent of securities backed by debt such as mortgages and loans assigned that ranking, the study of Moodys Investors Service data said.

The research shows that profit may influence credit rankings after a government panel described the rating companies as key enablers of the financial meltdown in 2008. New York- based Moodys, Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings still dominate scoring for the $43 trillion global debt market, pressing borrowers from Spain to California to address fiscal imbalances to avert downgrades that may raise taxpayers financing costs.

Theres a problem here of conflicts, credibility and competence, said Phil Angelides, a former California State Treasurer and chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which Congress asked to examine causes of the crisis. The current model is tragically broken, it needs to be abandoned, he said Oct. 14 in a telephone interview. ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-28/credit-rating-...



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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:08 PM
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1. To the Greatest with you!
It's fucking rigged.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:14 PM
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2. K&R
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banned from Kos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:22 PM
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3. Dodd-Frank removes their legal immunity.
Again, D-F is much stronger than Glass-Steagall.

The Credit Raters are fighting Dodd-Frank in court as we write this.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:29 PM
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5. Disagree. D-F won't stop the gambling that allowed the mess in the first place.
nt


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DocMac Donating Member (429 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:24 PM
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4. 99% of the people sensed this already. nt
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:34 PM
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6. It's a rigged game...
The credit ratings agencies are as bad as the big banks.
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