Debate Library

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The Ratings Issue and the Problem with Ratings
Is the Ratings System Broken?
The Implications of the Ratings Problem
Missed Payments
Dollar Price and Credit Enhancement
Effects on a Bond Holder?
Are the Ratings Agencies Responsible?
Changing the Ratings System
Rich Berg’s Congressional Testimony


Philip Nussbaum and Rich Berg of Performance Trust talk about the ratings issue and the problem with the rating scale.


Rich Berg and Philip Nussbaum of Performance Trust talk about how the ratings system is broken. Also included, Brian Battle and Douglas Wilding talking about multiple obligor securities and ratings.


Philip Nussbaum and Rich Berg of Performance Trust talk about security ratings and the availability of credit.


Rich Berg and Douglas Wilding of Performance Trust talk about what happens when an obligor misses a payment.


Rich Berg of Performance Trust talks about the relationship between the dollar price and credit enhancement.


Douglas Wilding of Performance Trust talks about how a ratings downgrade affects banks and bond holders.


Douglas Wilding of Performance Trust explains who is responsible for the credit crisis.


Philip Nussbaum explains how to change the ratings system.


At a Congressional hearing on March 25, Rich Berg proposes a solution to the ratings issue.