The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is becoming little more than a fading memory for investors in McGraw Hill Financial Inc. and Moody’s Corp., which have risen about three times faster than the broader stock market in the last year.
Moody’s Corp. will discontinue its use of language seeking to have taxpayers indemnify it against lawsuits related to municipal-bond ratings after states including California and New Jersey complained.
While suing Standard & Poor’s for fraud, states from New Jersey to California ironically are helping fund the world’s largest credit rater’s legal defense by requiring that their pension funds use its rankings.
California asked a court to enforce a subpoena against Moody’s Investors Service Inc. that demands documents in an investigation of the company’s evaluations of asset-backed securities linked to subprime mortgages.
When President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill on July 21, he capped a year-long legislative battle to stop $1.8 trillion in global financial writedowns and losses from happening again.