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Abstract
Overview of the Topic
Statement of the Problem
Purpose and Objective of the Research
Potential Significance of the Research
Literature Review
Credit Rating Process
History of the Credit Rating Agencies
Credit Analysis
Credit Ratings as an Indicator of Financial Performance
Review of Related Literature
Complexity of the Securities
Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs)
Complex Securities Increase Reliance on Ratings
Overrated Subprime Mortgage-Backed Securities
Data Issues with the Mortgage Portfolios
Rating Agencies Slow to Downgrade Credit Ratings
Superbowl of Rating Downgrades
Conflicts of Interest
Consulting and Rating Conflict
“Notching” Lowering Rating to Stifle Competition
Payment by the Issuer Not Investor
Monopoly by NRSRO Appointed Credit Rating Agencies
Regulatory Oversight
Valuation of Mortgage Assets
Summarizing Conclusion Contrasting all the Points of View
Recommendations for Areas that Require Additional Work
Methodology
Introduction
Summary of the Study Process
Research Method
Research Approach
Research Design
Documents
Researcher Statement
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Organization, Analysis and Interpretation
Tools for Sorting and Categorizing
Categories and Coding the Data
Search for Alternative Understandings
Validity and Reliability
Findings
Quantitative Results
Results of the Quantitative Frequency Analysis
Qualitative Results
Complexity of Securities
Conflict of Interest – Consulting and Rating
Monopoly by NRSRO designated Agencies
Discussion
Recommendations
Limitation of the Study
Implications for Further Research
Conclusions
References
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12-9-08 Barbara Johnson _Final

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