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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Partnoy on Overdependence on Ratings

Overdependence on Credit Ratings Was a Primary Cause of the Crisis, by Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego - School of Law, was recently posted on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

A primary cause of the recent credit market turmoil was overdependence on credit ratings and credit rating agencies. Without such overdependence, the complex financial instruments, particularly Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs), which were at the center of the crisis could not, and would not, have been created or sold. Long-term sustainable policy measures should take into account both regulatory and behavioral overdependence on ratings.

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