Saturday, May 15, 2010

Déjà vu: From AAA to Junk

by Bill McBride on 5/15/2010 08:50:00 AM

From Bloomberg: S&P Cuts to Junk Mortgage Bonds It Rated AAA in 2009 (ht Bob_in_MA, Justin)

Standard & Poor’s cut to junk the ratings on certain securities, backed by U.S. mortgage bonds, that it granted AAA grades when they were created last year ...

The reductions were among downgrades to 308 classes of so- called re-remics, or re-securitizations, created from 2005 through 2009 ...

“The downgrades reflect our assessment of the significant deterioration in performance of the loans backing the underlying certificates,” S&P analysts Cesar Romero and Terry G. Osterweil said in the statement.
Rated AAA last year and now junk ... ratings: what are they good for?