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The film introduces into the activity of rating agencies and their growing importance for developing countries.
Italy is firmly back in the firing line of the eurozone debt crisis after credit ratings agency Moody's delivered a stinging downgrade to Baa2 from A3, saying Rome was now "more likely to experience a further sharp increase in its funding costs or the loss of market access" for borrowing. Credit ratings agencies and how they operate.
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On Aug. 5, America's credit rating was cut from AAA to a AA+ by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. The following Monday, the Dow Jones Industrials Average fell more than five percent. That's got people wondering exactly what a ratings agency is, and why it's so powerful. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
An international credit rating agency has downgraded South Africa to junk status, following the country's controversial cabinet shake-up last Friday. Standard and Poor’s cut the African nation’s sovereign credit rating by one notch to BBPlus. The agency says the changes by President Jacob Zuma have jeopardized South Africa’s economic prospects. Responding to the downgrade, South Africa's Treasury has said in a statement that it is committed to a predictable and consistent fiscal path. The county’s currency has already fallen three percent against the US dollar since the shake-up, and the downgrade caused further currency devaluation. Zuma has been slammed for replacing eleven of his cabinet members in a major reshuffle, with opposition parties promising a motion of no confidence against h...
They downgraded the US and added theatrics to the debt ceiling debate - but who are these ratings agencies? They seem to wield immense power and influence over the global economy - a mere warning from one of them can rock markets, influence the debate by governments, with ripple effects that trickle down to individual citizens. But whose interests do they really serve? And does their track record prove they may deserve a downgrade. Follow Lauren on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LaurenLyster
http://www.thesoapboxroadshow.com/ Introductory Statement by Chairman Carl Levin - From Senate Committee hearings. The credit rating agencies are; Moody's, Standard and Poors, and Fitch....QUOTE: "Concluding a two-year bipartisan investigation, Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Senator Tom Coburn M.D., R-Okla., Chairman and Ranking Republican on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today released a 635-page final report (PDF, 6MB) on their inquiry into key causes of the financial crisis. The report catalogs conflicts of interest, heedless risk-taking and failures of federal oversight that helped push the country into the deepest recession since the Great Depression." http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/supporting/2011/PSI_WallStreetCrisis_041311.pdf
Credit Rating Agencies and the Financial Crisis (Part 1 of 2) - Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Tape Deck 01 - 2008-10-22 - The Committee held a hearing titled, "Credit Rating Agencies and the Financial Crisis" on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing examined the actions of the three largest credit rating agencies, Standard and Poor's, Moody's Corporation, and Fitch Ratings, leading up to the current financial crisis. Video provided by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Professor Timothy Sinclair, University of Warwick Getting credit ratings 'right' seems vitally important to many professional observers and politicians. The increasingly volatile nature of markets in a post-Bretton Woods world of international capital mobility has created a crisis in relations between the rating agencies and governments, which seek to monitor the performance of the agencies and stimulate 'reform' in their procedures and business models, even if the exact purpose of this reform seems to elude them. This process started with the Enron bankruptcy, but the subprime crisis has generated a veritable 'moral panic' about agency performance in relation to asset-backed securities. In pursuing improvement in the rating system policy-makers need to appreciate the limits to rating. Ou...