It’s been a flurry of international financing activity for the Canadian banks since Ottawa changed the framework on what collateral could be included in covered bond issues two years back.
Those rules, when combined with the accompanying regulations that were brought into effect in late 2012, mean issuers aren’t allowed to include CMHC-insured residential mortgages as backing for a so-called Canadian legislative covered bond.
While Moody's slipped over 20% when the DoJ announced its cajillion dollar lawsuit against S&P for knowing the crisis was coming but not telling anyone, it later bounced back over 10% as investors believed the non-US-downgrading rating agency (that happened to be owned by Buffett) was too-big-to-jail.
With its record public equity offering in September out of the way, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) has shifted its focus to the debt market. The Chinese e-commerce retailer company is preparing to notch up another milestone – Asia’s biggest bond sale – in the hope of raising as much as $8 billion.
Pretty much everyone agrees that we have a ratings agency problem. But I think the conventional way of describing it as a “conflict of interest” that’s created by the fact that “banks pay them to rate their securities” leaves some crucial steps out.
Moody's could follow the lead of two other international ratings agencies and downgrade Greece's debt rating, the country's finance minister said in an interview published Sunday."It is possible that we will have a cut by Moody's. I don't rule it out," Greek Finance Minister Georgios Papakonstantinou told daily Spanish newspaper El Pais.Standard and Poor's on Wednesday lowered its rating of Greek government debt one step to BBB+ from A-, and said it may downgrade it further, on concern the nation will struggle to tackle its budget deficit, the largest in the EU.