1st Edition

A Modern Credit Rating Agency The Story of Moody’s

By Daniel Cash Copyright 2024
    140 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to present a picture of one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies. Credited as being the first credit rating agency, Moody’s stands as the epitome of the rating sector and all that it effects. However, outside of internal and non-public histories compiled within the rating agency itself, the story of Moody’s has never been told, until now. However, this is not a historical book. Rather, this book paints a picture of Moody’s on a wider canvas that introduces the concept of rating to you, taking into account the origins of the sector, the competitive battles that formed the modern-day oligopoly, and the characters that have each taken their turn on sculpting the industry that, today, is critical to the modern economy.

    The book is a story of personable people who provided the market with what it needed, but it is more than that. It is a story of conflict, impact, strategy, and most of all the relationship between big business and modern society. Standing as the gatekeeper to the capital markets that form the core of modern society, Moody’s represents the very best of what the marketplace can produce, but also the very worst. This story takes in economic crises in the antebellum US, the Panics of the early 1900s, the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression and, of course, the Global Financial Crisis. It does this because, at the heart of each one was a member of the rating industry or the reporting industry that preceded it. Associated with almost any financial scandal you may care to remember the credit rating agencies, in their often-uncomfortable role as gatekeepers, have their fingerprints on most financial scandals and calamities. This book tells the story of the industry’s founding member.

    Chapter I – Introduction

    Chapter II - The Long Road Home Must Start Somewhere

    Chapter III - From Here to Eternity

    Chapter IV - Cultural Revolution, or Cultural Evolution? Moody’s IPO on Reflection

    Chapter V – Systemic Derailment

    Chapter VI – Conclusion

    Chapter VII – Afterward: The Signal Box


    Daniel Cash is Associate Professor at Aston University in the UK. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 2022 to 2023 at New York University’s Stern Business School. He has authored eight books and almost thirty articles all on the credit rating industry and ESG rating industry, after receiving his PhD in 2016, within which he focused on the provision of ancillary services by credit rating agencies.