Community member Don Anderson wrote this response on seeing Annette Heuser’s TED Talk, The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies:
“The numbers the 3 agencies use are not secret: employment rate, GDP, GNP, debt, green investments, housing prices, and many others. So if anyone really wanted to reform the rating agencies and not look to influence the markets themselves, they would collect the data and create an easy way for anyone to custom build their own formula.
Let the investors decide if employment rate trending is more or less important than green investments vs. GDP.”
— Don Anderson
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