SEC investigators look at ratings agencies

In a pay-to-play game ratings agencies were trusted by Americans until problems becmae obvious in 2007. An SEC investigation of ratings agencies could turn up some interesting facts. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose almost 4 percent Monday, share prices for Moody’s Corp. tumbled 7.19 percent as investors digested confirmation of a Securities and …

Credit-ratings agencies became financial whores

Confirming what most analysts knew, both before and after 2007, a Senate panel investigating the causes of the nation’s financial crisis on Thursday unveiled evidence that credit-ratings agencies knowingly gave inflated ratings to complex deals backed by shaky U.S. mortgages in exchange for lucrative fees. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a detailed …