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SEC to Hold Credit Rating Roundtable in May

FEB 26, 2013 2:51pm ET

The Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a public roundtable on Tuesday, May 14, to discuss the SEC's December staff Report to Congress on Assigned Credit Ratings, which reviews possible conflicts of interest that arise under the so-called "issuer pay model" and recommends regulatory and statutory changes.

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Hopefully as this discussion gets underway, participants will come to realize the "investor pay" model holds as many conflicts of interest as the "issuer pay" business model. To think investors don't have agendas when they buy, hold or sell bonds is simply naive or misinformed.
Posted by mdwjr | Tuesday, February 26 2013 at 5:44PM ET
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