Monopolies pose dangers, and the one held by the world’s three top credit-rating agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, Fitch) is no exception. These heavyweights are influential enough to cause financial crises—and may have in the past, due to problems such as conflicts of interest. The only solution is a radical reform of this oligopoly.
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Mortgage financing has long been a staple of traditional banks, but in the United States, during the decade following the 2007-08 global financial crisis, many banks retreated from this once-lucrative business. What are some of the factors that have made servicing mortgages more onerous and less attractive to banks, and what can be done to rectify the situation—for the benefit of banks, mortgagors and mortgage market as a whole?
In March, the US Senate reformed the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act by loosening its tight regulations on smaller financial organizations, welcome relief for those firms that have been struggling for eight long years with requirements targeted for larger, systemically important institutions during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Most are upbeat about the Senate bill, but how will it fare in the House of Representatives?