It should be noted that MOODY’S -like all other corporations- are allowed to create as much debt as they want from nothing using PROMISSORY NOTES and underwriting. All Fines paid by any financial institution, including MOODY’S, are paid with the ponzi money created from nothing. Fines mean absolutely NOTHING to these financial institutions.
Yet, MOODY’S still operates it’s ponzi financial business and pay with lunatic debt-money, worth nothing, while the rest of us cannot issue CONSTITUTIONALLY protected debt speech and have to work as slaves to these corporations that steal our wealth with their debt speech.
Jan. 14, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle federal and state claims it gave inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
The deal announced Friday was struck among the New York-based rating agency, the Justice Department and the attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia.
It calls for $437.5 million to go to the Justice Department and $426.3 million to be divided among the states and the District of Columbia.
Moody’s — along with the other two major rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch — were widely criticized for giving low-risk ratings to the risky mortgage securities being sold ahead of the crisis, while they reaped lucrative fees.
In the settlement, the world’s second-largest credit ratings agency acknowledged that it didn’t follow its own standards in rating the risk of securities backed by home mortgages and the collateralized debt obligations that relied on their health.
The system spread the risk of mortgage defaults to banks around the globe and led to a string of financial collapses in 2008 when people began defaulting on risky subprime loans.
That caused the housing market to implode in many areas and sparked the worst U.S. recession since the Depression.
Moody’s acknowledged that it used a more lenient standard for certain financial products and didn’t make public the differences from its published standards.
“Moody’s failed to adhere to its own credit rating standards and fell short on its pledge of transparency in the run-up to the Great Recession,” Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer said in a statement.