Rating agencies blamed for securities mispricing

The Guardian – The BIS said the retreat from riskier investments such as stocks in favour of safer bonds could pressure stock markets, delaying their recovery. "Similarly, the decline in the pension wealth of households participating in defined contribution plans and of employers sponsoring defined benefit plans has implications for aggregate spending," the BIS said.
Hedge funds did not play a central role in shaping the crisis but they will feel its impact, the BIS said.
After many wealthy individual investors withdrew, the funds are targeting institutions.
"Such a shift engenders demands for greater transparency about the investment strategy and greater scrutiny of risk management processes," the BIS said.

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