Al Franken’s Complex Legacy and the Credit Rating Business

Al Franken’s announcement of his pending resignation completes his descent from Progressive Saint to something of a pariah figure. But like others whose stars have fallen during this moment of Continue ReadingAl Franken’s Complex Legacy and the Credit Rating Business

Credible Sovereign Ratings: Beyond Statistics and Regulations

This blog article summarizes a recent article published in the European Business Law Review. Reference: Norbert J. Gaillard, “Credible Sovereign Ratings: Beyond Statistics and Regulations”, European Business Law Review, 28(1), Continue ReadingCredible Sovereign Ratings: Beyond Statistics and Regulations

Republicans Immunize Rating Agencies from Accountability in Financial Choice Act

No government regulation will ever apply to any rating agency that the government regulates, according to the Financial Choice Act. This bill would eliminate accountability for nationally recognized statistical rating Continue ReadingRepublicans Immunize Rating Agencies from Accountability in Financial Choice Act

Coping with Reliance on Credit Ratings

This blog article summarizes a recent article published in Banking and Financial Services Policy Report.Reference: Norbert J. Gaillard, “Coping with Reliance on Credit Ratings”, Banking and Financial Services Policy Report, Continue ReadingCoping with Reliance on Credit Ratings

Efficient, commonsense actions to foster accurate credit ratings

This blog article summarizes a recent article published in Capital Markets Law Journal. Reference: Norbert J. Gaillard and William J. Harrington, “Efficient, commonsense actions to foster accurate credit ratings”, Capital Continue ReadingEfficient, commonsense actions to foster accurate credit ratings

S&P Settles: Now How About that US Bond Rating?

In its settlement with the Department of Justice, S&P has backed off its assertion that the federal lawsuit was filed in retaliation for its 2011 downgrade of US Treasury debt. Continue ReadingS&P Settles: Now How About that US Bond Rating?

SEC Shines a Light on Inflated CMBS Ratings

On January 21, S&P settled a number of complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as two states’ attorneys general.  The issues primarily involved ratings of Commercial Mortgage Continue ReadingSEC Shines a Light on Inflated CMBS Ratings

When Sovereigns Go Bankrupt

This article summarizes the book “When Sovereigns Go Bankrupt” (Gaillard 2014), which provides a fresh analysis of how to cope with sovereign risk in the context of a rising likelihood Continue ReadingWhen Sovereigns Go Bankrupt