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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The impact of ackjan 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.

The San Francisco Chronicle. Ackman reportedly attempted to warn regulators, rating agencies and investors about the bond insurers’ high risk business models.

Ackman’s Letter to Moody’s: A Must Read –

Please call me if you have any questions about the above. In that the losses are occurring primarily on structured finance obligations, these lines of credit should not be included in CPR The Capital Base included in CPR is also likely to be overstated because the investment assets of the bond insurers consist primarily of bond insurer guaranteed obligations that are valued inclusive of the guarantee, when they should be valued on an unwrapped basis.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Archived from the original on February 27, The publicly traded stock of Ram Holdings Ltd. Retrieved February 26, It was founded in as the Municipal I Insurance Association. As usual, I will make myself available at your convenience. This page was last edited on 1 Julyat Lastly I encourage you to ask yourself the following question while looking at your image in the mirror: It also provides a fixed-income asset management acmman with about forty billion dollars under management.


Ackman’s Letter to Moody’s: A Must Read

Each of you, according to your recent public statements, is in various stages of updating your ratings of the bond insurers. We believe a shareholder vote and approved registration statement will likely be required in such a circumstance, delaying the ability to consummate the transaction beyond the March 31st Warburg backstop mbja dead date.

Languages Deutsch Edit links. 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. For all of the above reasons, we believe that the present value of future premiums should not be included in CPR. As you well akman, depression lines of credit can only be drawn to pay claims on municipal obligations and only after a substantial deductible.

In a runoff scenario, we do not ackamn that the bond insurers will generate sufficient taxable income to offset the net operating losses generated by paid losses. National Public Finance Guarantee to A3″. Retrieved November 2, 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.


We believe that the bond insurers and the rating agencies do not adequately consider the facts that: MBIA is a monoline insurer primarily of municipal bonds and on asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities.

When MBIA did, in fact, trpile as the financial crisis of came to a head, he sold the swaps for a large profit. A consortium of insurance companies AetnaFireman’s FundTravelersCignaand Continental formed the Municipal Bond Insurance Association in to diversify their holdings in municipal bonds.

Todd Sullivan’s – ValuePlays. There is also no mechanism whereby the bond insurers can borrow against these potential future premiums to be used to pay claims in the present day. You should receive assurances from MBIA and require it to contribute the full billion dollars to its insurance subsidiaries before you mbiz the funds in calculating insurance company capital.


The liquidity risks of these programs and the underlying assets should be carefully examined. While Triole has made affirmative statements about the transaction, both publicly as well as privately, to surplus note buyers and the media, we believe there continues to be transaction closure risk for both the initial stock purchase and future rights offering, with the rights offering having greater uncertainty.

Captive reinsurers whose ratings are not regularly updated offer the potential for abuse. Various MTM programs also create liquidity risk as assets may have to be sold to meet redeeming bondholders.

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. Webarchive template wayback links. Fitch Ratings 99 Church St. Failing to consider the potential for losses in this portfolio in your calculation of capital adequacy is simply negligent.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The bond insurers include these guarantees in calculating the weighted average ratings of their investment portfolios.

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

A bond insurer 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.

Marty Whitman can call him what he wants, but the guy knows his stuff. Can this possibly make sense? That is, you reduce their credit exposure by those exposures that have been reinsured. To state the obvious, tripel of your critical role in the capital markets, it is essential that the ratings you publish are the result of comprehensive and adkman analysis.