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Regulatory Reform, Multiple Credit Ratings and the Quality of the Corporate Information Environment
|Title:||Regulatory Reform, Multiple Credit Ratings and the Quality of the Corporate Information Environment|
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|Date Issued:||31 Aug 2019|
|Abstract:||This paper examines the change in the regulatory use of multiple credit ratings after the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank). We find that post Dodd-Frank reform firms are less likely to demand a third rating, which is typically provided by Fitch. Third ratings also become less informative with a much weaker market impact on credit spreads for firms on opposite sides of the high yield (HY) - investment grade (IG) boundary. Moreover, we find that post-Dodd-Frank, firms without external monitoring from a third ratings agency systematically manage their earnings more and have higher cash flow and sales volatilities. Overall, the results shed light on the unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank on competition within the ratings industry, the quality of the information environment, and the cost of borrowing for issuers.|
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05 Financial: Debt Market Research (Including Credit Ratings/Debt Contracts)|
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