The book talks about the four major Credit Rating Agencies in India including CRISIL, ICRA, CARE and FITCH. It gives a detailed information regarding operations undertaken by these rating agencies. The regulatory environment affecting the credit rating activities in India has been discussed in the book. The methodology adopted by Credit Rating Agencies while rating and variability in rating over the period has also been analysed in the book. The book evaluates the post rating performance of various companies rated by the given rating agencies. In addition the perceptions of investors regarding credit rating practices in India has also been covered in the book.
Credit Rating Agencies have endured public brunt for insufficiently policing Wall Street in the making of the late 2000s financial crisis. Still, the specifics of their 'wrongdoing' is scarcely holistic, rather fragmented. This book is not an encyclopedia to stitch things up in that regard, but just about turns the volume up on the prevalence of conflict of interest, tenuous rating methodologies and systemic oligopoly in the credit rating sector. It recognizes the importance of rating institutions to investors' faith in the modern day economy and features the oligopolistic structure of the credit rating industry believed to be a function of NRSRO legislation. It discusses broad behaviours of credit rating institutions through theoretical sampling in grounded theory to reach a conclusive statement on the definitive role of credit rating agencies in the financial crisis.
The latest financial crisis highlighted several problems with credit derivatives and raised questions about the effectiveness of Credit Rating Agencies’ (CRAs) assessment of risks in rating complex financial products such as Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO). Credit derivatives provided a powerful new tool for managing credit risk that had the potential to facilitate risk-sharing, enhance the efficiency of risk management and promote market completeness. Measuring the exposure taken on a credit derivative contract can be very difficult. As a result market participants have rely on credit ratings as a source of information to assess the risk of their derivative transactions. During the latest crisis the role of the major credit rating agencies have come under increased scrutiny. This work, after the introduction of credit risk, provides an overview of credit derivatives instruments and explain the central role that rating and credit rating agencies play in the financial markets. Moreover, it highlights the criticism of credit rating agencies in rating structured finance products and provide an in-depth view of the CDO rating methodologies.
This paper examines the effect of credit rating announcements released by the three major rating agencies on European government bonds by looking at one key area, and three interrelated topics. Firstly, I evaluate the impact of credit rating announcements on European government bond returns. Secondly, I appraise their effect on the slope of the sovereign yield curve. Thirdly, I assess the implications of the European sovereign debt crisis on the credit rating announcement effect. Fourthly, I analyse how rating changes influence government bond abnormal returns, depending on the country's membership of the Eurozone or not, and whether the country is in the "Peripheral area" or not.