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Is the European Union legislating the Ratings process towards an Open Source Model?

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Approval of new Regulation will raise standards for the issuance of credit ratings used in the Community





New rules for Credit Ratings Agencies include the following:


  1. Credit rating agencies may not provide advisory services.

  2. They will not be allowed to rate financial instruments if they do not have sufficient quality information to base their ratings on.

  3. They must disclose the models, methodologies and key assumptions on which they base their ratings.

  4. They must differentiate the ratings of more complex products by adding a specific symbol.

  5. They will be obliged to publish an annual transparency report. 

  6. They will have to create an internal function to review the quality of their ratings.

They should have at least two independent directors on their boards whose remuneration cannot depend on the business performance of the rating agency. They will be appointed for a single term of office which can be no longer than five years. They can only be dismissed in case of professional misconduct. At least one of them should be an expert in securitisation and structured finance. 


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