The European Commissioner for the internal market and services, Charlie McCreevy, was perhaps the most outspoken of the many regulators and politicians to have criticised the role rating agencies played in the 2008-09 financial crisis.
“There is widespread agreement that rating agencies contributed in a significant way to the financial crisis [by] giving excessively high ratings to dodgy products. And what is worse, [they] did so knowingly,” he said in a speech in May last year, before going on
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