Rating agency 'young pretenders' aim to challenge Big Three

A new breed of ratings providers have emerged in recent months, intent on muscling in on the territory of Fitch, Moody’s and S&P. Credit talks to two of the new entrants, Morningstar and Realpoint, to see how they differ from what is already available.

Even before the financial crisis dented the reputation of credit rating agencies, regulators had identified increasing competition in the industry as a key policy goal. The US Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006, for example, stated: “The two

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