Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The SEC has proposed new rules regarding credit rating disclosure. If adopted, they would require disclosure of information regarding credit ratings used by registrants, including closed-end management investment companies, in connection with a registered offering of securities so that investors will better understand the credit rating and its limitations. The amendments also would require additional disclosure that would inform investors about potential conflicts of interest that could affect the credit rating. In addition, the agency is proposing amendments to require disclosure of preliminary credit ratings in certain circumstances so that investors have enhanced information about the credit ratings process that may bear on the quality or reliability of the rating. The proposed amendments would be applicable to registration statements filed under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, and Forms 8-K and 20-F.