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The Fledgling Conflicts Of Interest At The Nouveau Rating Agencies





A lot has been said recently over the much-maligned traditional rating agencies: S&P and Moody's. The rampant conflicts of interest over the past decade which everyone on Wall Street was all too aware of, somehow were a shock to politicians such as Barney Frank. In fact these very conflicts have been proposed to be the root of the credit and mortgage crisis (one can see how that is not a futile argument: if an excel workbook crashes your PC if you try to assume declining housing prices someone should have raised a red flag somewhere). Of course, that is a naive conclusion but not entirely without merit. In fact, odds are that the next time the market swoons by 40-60%, Barney Frank will refocus populist anger at exactly these rating agencies which have so far managed to escape relatively unscathed.

 
Tyler Durden's picture

The Fledgling Conflicts Of Interest At The Nouveau Rating Agencies





A lot has been said recently over the much-maligned traditional rating agencies: S&P and Moody's. The rampant conflicts of interest over the past decade which everyone on Wall Street was all too aware of, somehow were a shock to politicians such as Barney Frank. In fact these very conflicts have been proposed to be the root of the credit and mortgage crisis (one can see how that is not a futile argument: if an excel workbook crashes your PC if you try to assume declining housing prices someone should have raised a red flag somewhere).

 
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CT Attorney General: "It's Time To Shatter The Old Boys Club Of Rating Agencies"





For the few sane people who have been watching and recoiling with horror as Bernanke, Geithner and Bair implement their insidious "rich get richer" PPIP/TALF plan by relying exclusively on the AAA ratings of the very same rating agencies that were the primary cause of the current economic catastrophe (yes Steve Liesman, not the CDS market or CDS traders - the rating agencies) today was a glorious day.

 
Tyler Durden's picture

CT Attorney General: "It's Time To Shatter The Old Boys Club Of Rating Agencies"





For the few sane people who have been watching and recoiling with horror as Bernanke, Geithner and Bair implement their insidious "rich get richer" PPIP/TALF plan by relying exclusively on the AAA ratings of the very same rating agencies that were the primary cause of the current economic catastrophe (yes Steve Liesman, not the CDS market or CDS traders - the rating agencies) today was a glorious day.

 
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