Items Tagged with 'Credit rating agencies'

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  • SEC hits Moody’s with $15 million fine over mortgage bond ratings

    Credit ratings agency will also pay $1.25 million for “ratings symbol deficiencies”
    In the wake of the financial crisis, the country’s largest credit ratings agencies all touted new ratings methodologies that were, in theory, designed to guard against the sorts of malfeasance that surrounded mortgage bond ratings in the run-up to the crisis. But it looks like the new mortgage bond rating system at one of the nation’s largest credit ratings agencies was far from perfect.
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  • AAA ratings return for non-prime mortgage bonds. Crisis redux? Maybe not

    Feature of new RMBS deal builds in greater protections for bond buyers
    The world of post-crisis mortgage bond trading is about to change, as a new mortgage bond is set to hit the market that features loans that would be considered non-prime, and also carries AAA ratings – a post-crisis first. Both Fitch Ratings and DBRS handed the deal AAA ratings on the largest tranche of the deal, but the deal is not a return to the pre-crisis world of credit ratings, at least not yet.
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  • DOJ planning to sue Moody's over crisis-era mortgage bond ratings

    Ratings agency discloses looming lawsuit from government
    In the fallout from the financial crisis, many argued that the credit ratings agencies’ competition for business led to ratings shopping among bond issuers and relaxed ratings standards for the ratings agencies themselves. Last year, Standard & Poor's reached a $1.375 billion settlement over just such claims. And now the Department of Justice is taking aim at Moody's Investors Service.
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  • DOJ shifts focus to Moody’s Investors Service

    Investigates ratings in the buildup to the financial crisis
    Credit-rating agencies have been under a lot of fire recently. Now that the U.S. Department of Justice is wrapping up its case with Standard & Poor’s, it is shifting its attention to Moody’s Investors Service for similar issues.
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  • Calpers settles with S&P for $125 million

    Moody’s still under pursuit
    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s fight against two top credit ratings agencies is starting to come to a close, resolving a case involving inflated grades of residential-mortgage deals that later faltered.
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