New regulatory blitz threatens future of credit rating agencies

Rating agencies stand at a fork

Faced with a groundswell of regulation in Europe and the US, the biggest rating agencies are for the first time having to confront not just public scrutiny over their business and analytical practices, but also stronger laws that could severely diminish their role in the markets. Questions have even been raised over their survival.

The agencies, which suffered reputational damage as a result of their perceived role in the global financial crisis, must now contend with the twin challenges of

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