"Is the financial system stable enough yet to fix itself?" In a Fortune article exploring this question, R&R's Sylvain Raynes sees the prospect of a CIT Group bankruptcy as a new beginning. "There is still value in CIT that can be picked out if the...

R&R principal Sylvain Raynes calls for the government to take the lead in weaning the financial markets off their reliance on rating agencies. Reuters reports, "The Obama administration has said it wants markets to reduce their reliance on ratings after Moody's Investors Service, Standard &...

Public interest journalism blog ProPublica interviewed R&R's Sylvain Raynes regarding reports that AIG has sold off dozens of subsidiaries in order to repay the $85 billion it owes American taxpayers. "There's nothing wrong with private transactions between consenting adults," Raynes said, "But when the government...

Bloomberg quotes R&R's Sylvain Raynes on Morgan Stanley's plans to repackage a downgraded collateralized debt obligation into new securities with AA ratings, the first transaction of its kind: "A lot of banks and insurers 'cannot buy anything but AAA,' said Sylvain Raynes, a principal at R&R...

I was a nice guy until I became a landlord. I smiled a lot and said "Good morning" and "How you doing?" and patted the dog occasionally and my wife more frequently. Then I became responsible for the lives of tenants and it all changed....

A review of Contagion: The Financial Epidemic That Is Sweeping the Global Economy…And How To Protect Yourself From It, by John R. Talbott John Talbott has established a well-deserved reputation as a financial soothsayer, enjoying an incredible run of spot-on predictions. He called the imminent bust...

"If everybody is playing by the same set of rules, whether you are talking about loan origination or securitization, then it becomes very hard to game the system. The lack of definitions is a huge problem… If the Congress, the SEC and the FASB, and...

Bloomberg commentator David Reilly quotes R&R's Ann Rutledge on the next target for regulators in mending the financial crisis: the "shadow banking system" of non-bank lending markets. Rutledge calls for "an exchange-like setting to provide the sort of standardization and rules that help trading of stocks...

The revealing and esthetically pleasing chart that R&R's Ann Rutledge produced to illustrate asset-backed bond default rates is featured by Felix Salmon in his Reuters blog. Reflecting the value of analyzing the past in dealing with the future, Ann's presentation on the development of the...