New ratings paradigm requires careful handling

The rate escape


A lot of banks could be downgraded this month – in mid-February, Moody’s Investors Service announced it would review the ratings of 114 European financial institutions and 17 banks with global capital markets businesses. The decisions are expected sometime around mid-May, and could see some of those global dealers hit with downgrades of up to three notches.

This has been reported as bad news for the banks – and it is, of course. Many would need to post extra collateral amounting to multiple

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