I came across an article today that we are sure to hear more about in the near future. Point of fact I am surprised this move by the EU wasn't initiated earlier and I bet Obummer tries a similar push before his second term is over.
Bloomberg - Credit Rating Companies in EU to Face Sovereign Debt Curbs
On sovereign debt ratings, lawmakers and officials agreed
that each credit rating firm must pick three days a year when
they would be allowed to give so-called unsolicited assessments
of governments’ creditworthiness, according to Jean-Paul Gauzes,
a lawmaker involved in the talks. Ratings firms may get a chance
to issue unsolicited ratings outside those dates if they could
justify it to regulators. Unsolicited assessments are those that
haven’t been requested and paid for by a client.
Another words they want to limit the rating firms access and ability to make spot calls regarding debt to save themselves from the side effects of a downgrade.
This move ranks right up there with the so called scare tactics of proclaiming governments making a move on retirement accounts and other investor rules and regulations designed to buffer the governments from their own over spending and terrible choices. Some economists and analyst have been predicting such moves for years now while they have been shouted down as fear mongers and spinning fairy tales.
This is another sign of global downward movement and will certainly effect investor trust and consumer sentiments. Let's face it the only thing really keeping the FIAT money afloat, especially the Dollar and Euro is public confidence. A Financial collapse always begins to get real once the consumer confidence is shaken to the point they no longer wish to accept or use that currency. Government control of the reporting agencies is another step towards that end.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!