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Credit Rating Governance

Global Credit Gatekeepers, 1st Edition

By Ahmed Naciri


232 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2015-01-23
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Credit rating agencies play an essential role in the modern financial system and are relied on by creditors and investors on the market. In the recent financial crisis, their power and reliability were often questioned, yet a simple rating downgrade could threaten to bankrupt a whole country.

This book examines the governance of credit rating agencies, as expressed by their ability to fairly, ethically and consistently assign higher rates to issuers having lesser default risks. However, factors such as the drive for increased revenue and market share, the inadequate business model, the inadequate methodology of assessing risk, opacity and inadequate internal monitoring have all been identified as critical governance failures for credit agencies. This book explores these issues, and proposes some potential solutions and improvements.

This will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of corporate finance, finance, financial economics, risk management, investment management, and banking.


Almost unnoticed before the 2007 subprime crisis, credit rating agencies have since become the focus of much attention: who are they? how do they operate? should we regulate them? … and so on. Ahmed Naciri provides answers. His books explains their activities and how they discretely shape the world capital markets. This book is a must for anyone involved with finance. - Julien Bilodeau, Professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

A solid and timely contribution to a fundamental issue within corporate and global finance. Features in depth analysis of the industry in terms of scope, structure, contribution, cross country performance, weaknesses and, finally, dark sides. It also provides viable future scenarios and possible approaches for reform. A must read for all involved in international business and finance. - Prof. dr. M.S.S. el Namaki, Dean, Victoria University, Switzerland

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction to the World of Credit Rating 2. Credit Rating Agencies Who they are and What they do? 3. The Big 3, the Global Credit Market Gatekeepers 4. Credit Rating Agencies’ Methodologies, Metrics and Rating Accuracy 5. Ordinal Credit Ratings: The threat to rating accuracy 6. Credit Ratings Critics, Telling it like it is 7. Credit Rating Agencies External Monitoring 8. Credit Rating Agencies Internal Monitoring 9. Agencies Rating Quality Control Systems 10. The Chall 6, Shall they Present Serious Challenge to Big 3? 11. Critical perspective and concluding remarks

About the Author

Ahmed Naciri is Professor at the School of Business at UQAM, Canada. His work has earned him the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Administrative Sciences.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance can be defined as the system of policies, practices, actions and processes by which an organization is lead and managed. Corporate Governance theory examines balancing the interests of the many stakeholders within an organization and the societies in which it operates. This series looks at different systems of Corporate Governance as well examining stakeholder perspectives, including shareholders, management, leadership, customers, suppliers and financiers, encompassing practically every sphere of management. This series publishes cutting edge and definitive coverage of all key topics in Corporate Governance and related interdisciplinary areas including but not limited to; Management Strategy; Leadership; International Business and Economics; Organizational Behavior; Business Ethics; Entrepreneurship; Accounting and Finance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / Financial
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Banks & Banking
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Investments & Securities