Moody's Corporation
SEC OKs broader conflict-of-interest rules for credit-rating firms

Credit-rating firms, whose lapses played a central role in the 2008 financial crisis, face broader restrictions on conflicts of interest under rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules, approved on a 3-2 vote Wednesday, require firms including Moody's Investors Service, McGraw Hill Financial Inc.'s Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings Ltd. to ensure they insulate analysts from pressure to please bond issuers, who pay for the ratings. The rules include a strict prohibition on allowing sales motives to influence grades. Firms also will have to reveal more about the accuracy of ratings, including a common method for disclosing default and...