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Addicted to Ratings: The Case for Reducing Governments’ Reliance on Credit Ratings

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  • Philippe Bergevin

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Credit rating agencies have been blamed for their role in the recent financial crisis, notably for having assigned high ratings to complex financial instruments that yielded billions in losses to investors. As a consequence, a number of reforms have been proposed or introduced – including for example increased disclosure of rating methodologies. This Backgrounder argues that reducing the government use of credit ratings may be the single most important step towards restoring the credibility and integrity of rating agencies.

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  • Philippe Bergevin, 2010. "Addicted to Ratings: The Case for Reducing Governments’ Reliance on Credit Ratings," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 130, May.
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    Keywords

    Financial Services; credit-rating agencies (CRAs); third party credit risk assessment; nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs);
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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