December 20, 2010
SEC Requests Public Comment on Standardizing Credit Ratings Terminology
The SEC is requesting public comment to help inform its study pursuant to Section 939(h) of the Dodd-Frank Act on the feasibility and desirability of: standardizing credit ratings terminology, so that all credit rating agencies issue credit ratings using identical terms; standardizing the market stress conditions under which ratings are evaluated; requiring a quantitative correspondence between credit ratings and a range of default probabilities and loss expectations under standardized conditions of economic stress; and standardizing credit rating terminology across asset classes, so that named ratings correspond to a standard range of default probabilities and expected losses independent of asset class and issuing entity.
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