by Tanta on 7/18/2007 08:29:00 AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Fortunately there's a free market in bond ratings:
Moody's Investors Service says it is paying a high price for its tough stance on lax lending standards for commercial mortgage-backed securities.
In a new report that assesses the status of the market, the Moody's Corp. unit said it was passed over and not hired for 75% of the commercial mortgage-backed securities rating assignments issued in the past few months as a result of its requirement that issuers add an extra layer of credit enhancement. Moody's said issuers are "rating shopping" -- meaning they were hiring competitors that would hand out higher ratings on securities.
Posted by Tanta on 7/18/2007 08:29:00 AM