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Credit Bureau

A privately owned, profit-making establishment that—as a regular business—collects and compiles data regarding the solvency, character, responsibility, and reputation of a particular individual or business in order to furnish such information to subscribers, in the form of a report allowing them to evaluate the financial stability of the subject of the report.

Credit bureaus ordinarily prepare and issue reports for lending institutions and stores that investigate the financial reliability of an applicant for credit prior to the execution of the credit agreement.

Credit bureaus are regulated by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1681 et seq. [1970]) and by state statute to safeguard against abusive and damaging practices.

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On September 22, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006.
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However, Pissarides said the Government should take serious note of the recent credit rating agency warnings about Cyprus, noting that it has been said that one of the reasons behind these warnings is Cyprus' close economic ties with Greece as far as the banking system is concerned, something which, as he said, we can do nothing about.
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Also, if any additional nonrating services have been provided by the credit rating agency or its affiliates to the registrant or its affiliates over a specified period of time, disclosure of the services and the fees paid for those services would be required.
In 2006, Congress passed the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act that provided the SEC with authority to impose registration, recordkeeping, and reporting rules on credit rating agencies registered as Nationally Recognised Statistical Rating Organisations (NRSRO).
A credit rating agency is supposed to gauge the creditworthiness of organisations issuing debt instruments such as corporate and government bonds, so that investors, banks, regulators and other market operators can use them to measure relative credit risk.
The credit rating agency said net revenue may decline 20 to 30 per cent this year for investment banks.
Likewise, the Senate Banking Committee recently held hearings on credit rating agency oversight and operations.
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Best believes that many of the provisions directed toward credit rating agency reform will benefit the capital markets as a whole.