R&R's Sylvain Raynes is quoted in a New York Times article regarding disciplinary action by Moody’s against employees alleged to have violated the company's code of conduct in rating European securities. Article excerpt: "Already under intense scrutiny for its role in the credit crisis, the Moody's Corporation...

"The SEC's 'subprime mortgage' problem is that the crisis has exposed a very serious information problem in the capital markets, and a perverse truth is revealed: financial firms make less money from information than from exploiting loopholes in our fragmented, deeply flawed capital market information...

There are markets, and there is the Market. Markets are networks of people who come together to exchange one thing for another. The Market is the cornerstone of a belief system whose biggest proponent has been the University of Chicago. Chicago: Hog Butcher for the...

R&R's Sylvain Raynes was interviewed by the New York-based correspondent for China's leading financial weekly, Caijing, in early June. Following is a partial English translation of the original Chinese article. Credit Market’s Recovery Grinds to a Halt By Eva Woo, Caijing, June 6, 2008 On the afternoon of...

In Rope-A-Dope 101, we said there are five ways to mask the credit quality of a structured bond, that it is done by manipulating an “invisible” boundary where the consequences of being on one side or the other are not symmetrical, and that the boundary...

The high road of securitization is forward-looking. It promotes economic growth and rewards superior asset quality. Securitization is alive and doing well in grass-roots economies. But maybe you have not come to our blog to read about the high road of securitization. Maybe you have...

The last entry in this journal was rather pessimistic. In it, we recounted what was likely to happen from the Fed’s irresponsible attitude towards cutting interest rates without a workable plan in mind about what to do next. Our verdict was that nothing good was...

Just a few days ago, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve pumped enough cash into the US economy to lower interest rates by 75 basis points. For the average American citizen, who would be hard pressed to define what a basis point means,...