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Description:  During the buildup to the financial crisis, major rating agencies Moody’s Corp. and Standard & Poor’s Inc. were understaffed, didn’t have enough data about the mortgage securities they were rating and were pressured by each other and investment bankers to issue overly rosy ratings, a lawmaker said Friday.

Date: 04/23/2010


Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments presented by each side of this issue.
  • What is your view of whom, if anyone is to blame for any neglect or improper behavior?
  • What lessons can be learned here in order to help reduce the risk of repeating mistakesthat were made?

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