SEC Sends Wells Notice to S&P Concerning MBS Ratings

On July 23, S&P’s parent company, McGraw Hill Financial Inc., disclosed that it received a Wells notice indicating that the SEC’s enforcement staff had made a preliminary determination to recommend that the SEC institute an enforcement action against S&P alleging violation of federal securities laws with respect to S&P’s ratings of six commercial MBS transactions in 2011 and public disclosures made by S&P regarding those ratings thereafter.  S&P will have the opportunity to respond to provide its perspective and to address the issues raised by the enforcement staff before any enforcement proceeding is initiated.  Press Release.

Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBSReport.

On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria.  Report.

On July 24, Fitch issued UK whole business securitizations ratings criteria.  Report.

On July 21, DBRS issued its methodology for North American commercial mortgage servicer evaluations.  Report.

On July 21, DBRS issued its methodology for stability and sustainability of structured income fund evaluations.  Report.

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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.