11 Feb '12, 1am

A new approach to rating? #postgrowth

Over the past few years, ever since the financial crisis began to unfold, there’s been sporadic talk in the media and among politicians of the need to reform the credit rating agencies. These agencies are doing a terrible job at forecasting their clients’ futures, and yet their ratings can have catastrophic effects on financial markets and on vast swathes of the world economy. Clearly something needs to change here. The entrepreneur Roland Berger recently announced that a new rating agency is to be established in Europe in order to provide competition with the prominent American rating agencies which currently have so much influence over the European economy: Moody’s, Standard and Poor (S&P) and Fitch. Could this be the beginning of a different approach to rating? Apparently the main difference between the existing agencies and the new one is that it would be held legally ...

Full article: http://www.feasta.org/2012/02/11/a-new-approach-to-rating/

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