Talk is cheap

Rating agencies

It was the moment of reckoning that everyone had been waiting for: New York attorney-general Andrew Cuomo - spearhead of a year-long investigation into the US mortgage industry and key proponent of industry reform - announced that he had reached an agreement with the three major rating agencies: Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.

Under the deal, the credit rating agencies have agreed to fundamentally alter how they are paid by investment banks in return for providing

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