Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline.   Moody’s Report.

On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and tender option bonds (TOBs).  Fitch Report.

On June 12, Moody’s released its approach for rating derivative product companiesMoody’s Report.

On June 11, DBRS released its general corporate rating methodologyDBRS Report.

On June 10, S&P released its request for comment on rating counterparty risk in terminating transactionsS&P Release.

On June 10, Fitch released its criteria for commercial mortgage-backed securities and loans in EMEAFitch Report.

On June 9, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. timeshare loan asset-backed securitiesFitch Report.

On June 9, Fitch released its criteria for rating future flow securitizationsFitch Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On January 23, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing interest rate stresses in structured finance transactions and covered bondsFitch Report.

On January 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating wind power projectsDBRS Report.

On January 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating solar power projectsDBRS Report.

On January 22, S&P released its methodology for rating Japanese CMBSS&P Report.

On January 22, Fitch released an exposure draft seeking comments for sovereign risk impact on rating structured finance and covered bondsFitch Report.

On January 21, DBRS released its request for comment for rating supranational institutionsDBRS Report.

On January 21, DBRS released its cash flow assumptions for rating CLOs and CDOs backed by corporate debt.  DBRS Report.

On January 21, DBRS released its methodology for rating CLOs and CDOs backed by large corporate debtDBRS Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On December 24, S&P released its methodology for rating U.S. RMBS Synthetic Risk TransfersS&P Report.

On December 23, S&P released its methodology for rating U.S. RMBS surveillance credit and cash flow analysis for pre-2009 originationsS&P Report.

On December 19, DBRS released its methodology for preferred shares and hybrids for corporate issuers other than financial institutions.  DBRS Report.

On December 17, Moody’s released its methodology for rating ABS backed by equipment leases and loansMoody’s Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On November 20, S&P released a request for comment on its methodology for rating CDOs of project finance debt.  Comments must be submitted by December 21.  S&P Request for Comment.

On November 19, Moody’s released its updated approach to rating CLOsMoody’s Report.

On November 19, Moody’s released its approach to rating corporate synthetic CDOsMoody’s Report.

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Rating Agency Developments

On November 13, Moody’s released its FHA-VA RMBS surveillance methodology.  Moody’s Report.

On November 12, Moody’s released its approach to assessing swap counterparties in cash flow transactions.  Moody’s Report.

On November 12, DBRS released its rating methodology for assessing European residential mortgage portfolios.  DBRS Report.

On November 11, Moody’s released its approach to rating Japanese RMBS transactions.  Moody’s Report.

On November 11, S&P released its RMBS methodology for rating condominium investment loan securitizations in Japan.  S&P Report.

Court Denies S&P’s Motion to Dismiss State of California’s $600M Suit

On August 14, Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, denied Standard & Poor’s motion to dismiss a suit by the State of California.  The Attorney General’s claims under the False Claim Acts and other statutes allege over $600 million in losses to investors, including state pension funds, due to S&P’s allegedly knowingly faulty ratings of RMBS.  S&P argued that any injury to the state pension funds was not to “money” of the State, which it maintained is a requirement for a claim under the False Claim Act, and also that the suit was time-barred.  The court denied the motion, concluding that S&P had not established that the lost money in the case did not constitute a potential or actual injury to the public treasury, and that the complaint sufficiently alleges discovery of the alleged wrongdoing within three years of the 2011 tolling agreement between the parties.  Decision.