“The issuer-pays model remains an incentive for raters to go easy on clients, says Marcus Stanley, policy director at Americans for Financial Reform… ‘As long as ratings agencies are both central to securities markets and face incentives to inflate ratings and mislead investors, they pose a risk to the financial system…'”
“The undersigned national consumer organizations would like to express our strong opposition to H.R. 347 (Royce and Hinojosa), the misleadingly-named “Facilitating Access to Credit Act of 2015.” This bill would unnecessarily allow credit bureaus to be exempt from coverage by the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA).”
Litigation Daily’s Susan Beck nudges the probable next SEC chair to take on the rating agencies and their built-in conflict of interest.
Click here to view AFR’s comment letter to the SEC regarding the study on assigned credit ratings for structured finance products mandated by section 939F (Franken Amendment) of Dodd-Frank. We said it is vitally important that the Commission explore more sweeping reforms designed to directly
Franken Pursues Tighter Oversight of Rating Agencies Ben Protess (Dealbook/NYT) September 1, 2011 “The Dodd-Frank Act cracked down on the credit rating agencies, the firms that awarded rosy ratings to bonds backed by junky mortgages, but some lawmakers and consumer advocates contend that the regulatory
Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) hosted a conference call with reporters and bloggers on Thursday, September 1, 2011 to discuss problems in the oversight of the major credit rating agencies and ways to achieve better ratings agency accountability under the Dodd Frank Act.
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AFR to SEC: Provide Better Guidance When Removing Credit Rating References from the Investment Company Act of 1940
Read the letter here. April 25, 2011 Ms. Elizabeth Murphy Secretary Securities and Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE Washington, DC 20549-1090 Re: RIN 3235-AL02: “Proposed Amendments to Remove References to Credit Ratings in Rule 2a-7 Under The Investment Company Act of 1940” Dear
Faulty credit ratings played a key role in our nation’s financial meltdown, and now we have chance to ensure that that doesn’t happen again. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created the Office of Credit Ratings to improve regulatory oversight on this