Skepticism Greets US Senate’s Rating Agency Proposal

Reactions in some quarters to the US Senate's proposal to vest greater authority in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate credit rating agencies have been lukewarm.

The Senate's rule, part of a larger financial reform effort still making its way through Congress, would establish a committee within the SEC to randomly assign credit rating agencies to new investment products in order to assess their creditworthiness. The move comes in response to conflict-of-interest concerns

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