The New York Observer’s profile of Bill Ackman, the founder of After Ackman shorted the stock and published “Is MBIA Triple A?” both the. Before the crisis, MBIA wrote credit derivatives on “Triple-A” tranches backed by mortgage loans and dodgy mezzanine CDOs. Bill Ackman. And it’s not just the fact of MBIA’s triple-A rating that drives Mr. Ackman batty; it’s its transcendent importance to the company’s business. As Gary.

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Retrieved February 22, It was founded in as the Municipal Bond Insurance Association. Financial insurance or Financial Guarantees are a form of credit ackmah.

Todd Sullivan’s – ValuePlays. Your updated rating assessments should be adjusted to exclude tax benefits in your calculation ackmn capital adequacy 2 Covenant Violations and Loss of Access to Liquidity Facilities As a result of recent ackjan, both MBIA and Ambac have triggered covenant violations on their liquidity facilities.

When MBIA did, in fact, crash as the financial crisis of came to a head, he sold the swaps for a large profit. To state the obvious, because of your critical role in the capital markets, it is essential that the ratings you publish are the result of comprehensive and accurate analysis.

We believe a shareholder vote and approved registration statement will likely be required in such a circumstance, q the ability to consummate the transaction beyond the March 31st Warburg backstop drop dead date. While the rating agencies have not updated their credit ratings of Ram Re, the market appears to have already done so.

MBIA: Triple-A Not What it Used to Be?

Marty Whitman can call him what he wants, but the guy knows his stuff. You should receive assurances from MBIA and require it to contribute the full billion dollars to its insurance subsidiaries before you include the funds in calculating insurance company capital. For all of the above reasons, we believe that the present value of future premiums should not be included in CPR. In addition, bond insurers with substantial investment management or swap operations have additional liquidity needs in the event of a downgrade.

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A consortium of insurance companies AetnaFireman’s FundTravelersCignaand Continental formed the Municipal Bond Insurance Association in to diversify their mmbia in municipal bonds. A bond triplle is only able to obtain tax benefits if the insurer is a going concern and is able to generate sufficient taxable income in the current or future years to offset the losses from paid insurance claims.


Retrieved February 26, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You should adjust your estimate of CPR for each insurer to reflect the above factors in order to accurately establish the capital available to pay claims. Retrieved November 2, It also provides a fixed-income asset management service with about forty billion dollars under management. The company went public in I liquidity risks of tripple programs and the underlying assets should be carefully examined.

Various MTM programs also create liquidity risk as assets may have to be sold to meet redeeming bondholders. The combination of volatility in each of these markets and the increased collateral demands required in holding company downgrade scenarios will put a severe strain akcman holding company liquidity. Your analysis makes the aggressive assumption that the bond insurers will remain going concerns and will therefore be able to continue to write new premiums and generate income in the future.

As you well know, depression lines of credit can only be drawn to pay claims on municipal obligations and only after a substantial deductible. Languages Deutsch Edit links.

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As uncertainty has grown, municipalities have raised capital without insurance and found that they can borrow at attractive rates as compared to historical insured bond issuances. Moody’s upgrades the ratings of MBIA group: National Public Finance Guarantee to A3″. This page was last edited on 1 Julyat Unfortunately, however, your previous ratings assessments have erred materially in their omission of certain critical analysis and the inclusion of outright errors in your work.

That is, you reduce their credit exposure by those exposures that have been reinsured.

The publicly traded stock of Ram Holdings Ltd. While some commentators have suggested that this might create a pricing umbrella tfiple will benefit the existing bond insurers, this is demonstrably false. As you xckman know, we have privately, in meetings and correspondence with you, and publicly in various presentations that we have made, called into question your ratings of the bond insurance industry, in particular, the ratings for MBIA Insurance Corp. The impact of the loss of these facilities is material to the liquidity profile of the holding companies and their insurance subsidiaries and must be considered in your credit assessment.


This limited review of exposures ignores the fact that the same lending practices and flawed incentive schemes that fueled the subprime lending bubble have been very much at work in CMBS and corporate finance.

Most bond insurer holding companies have limited cash, have lost or will lose access to liquidity facilities, and have substantial cash needs for interest payments, operating expenses, and dividends for so long as they continue to be paid.

There is no other financial institution in the world which takes the present value of interest spread income on loans in its portfolio and adds it to its capital. Captive reinsurers whose ratings are not regularly updated offer the potential for abuse. Webarchive template wayback links.

Call to divide not viable”. Substantially all of these premiums are from structured finance guarantees. Even in the event the bond insurers generate taxable income in future years, it may be many years before these tax benefits can be realized, if ever, particularly in the event of corporate ownership changes caused by capital raising or stockholder turnover. Failing to consider the potential for losses in this portfolio in your calculation of capital adequacy is simply negligent.

Lastly I encourage you to ask yourself the following question while looking at your image in the mirror: Because the holding companies typically provide indemnities for employees and directors, we would expect that directors would be loathe to allow liquidity to leave the holding company estate, depriving directors and employees of the resources to protect themselves from claims.

MBIA: Triple-A Not What it Used to Be? – Herb Greenberg – MarketWatch

MBI Russell Component. This is prima facie evidence that your ratings of MBIA are overstated. We believe that both MBIA and Ambac have substantial collateral posting obligations in the event of a holding company downgrade. He was charged copying fees for copyingpages of statements regarding the financial services company, in his law firm’s compliance with a subpoena.

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