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

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?

Eurozone, Sovereign Ratings and Bond Yields

This column explains how and why sovereign ratings and bond yields failed to anticipate the Eurozone debt crisis. It also argues that, paradoxically, sovereign ratings are now valuable risk indicators Continue ReadingEurozone, Sovereign Ratings and Bond Yields