Moody’s: Banks Do Things That Are Bad And Good And Bad For Them

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the debt ratings of 15 major international banks and securities firms on Thursday, a move that could cost the banks billions of dollars in extra collateral…U.S banks that were downgraded included: Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley. “All of the banks affected by today’s actions have significant exposure to the volatility and risk of outsized losses inherent to capital markets activities,” Moody’s said in a statement. “However, they also engage in other, often market leading business activities that are central to Moody’s assessment of their credit profiles,” the firm added. “These activities can provide important ‘shock absorbers’ that mitigate the potential volatility of capital markets operations, but they also present unique risks and challenges.” [CNBC, related]

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33 Responses to “Moody’s: Banks Do Things That Are Bad And Good And Bad For Them”

  1. .Bo says:

    Groundbreaking stuff there, Moody's.

  2. Moody's Diner says:

    My order:

    Two MS eggs "scrambled"
    One CS "toast"
    One CG coffee "iced"

  3. UFO says:

    "unique risks and challenges"

    Oh Rly?

    – all of Wall Street

  4. HungryIntern says:

    I love it when the bartender gets all moral on you after watching you get drunk and drive home.

  5. Bugs says:

    I'm shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment.

    Here are your winnings, sir.

  6. The 1% says:

    I sure hope that Bank of America gets destroyed. Going to be a blast to watch and then Merrill Lynch will be free once again!

  7. guest says:

    How are the ratings agencies still relevant?

  8. P. Falcone says:

    Moody's and I go way back

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