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What: Shares of bond insurer Assured Guaranty
So what: Of the major bond insurers, Assured Guaranty was the only one to make it through the financial crisis in relatively strong condition. So what's its excuse for the retreat? Standard & Poor's is making changes to the way that it rates bond insurers and it could result in a cut to Assured Guaranty's rating if it doesn't either raise capital or reduce its risk. For obvious reasons, this has rubbed investors the wrong way. Fellow bond insurer MBIA
Now what: Looking back at the wreckage of the financial crisis, along with the current condition of MBIA and the recent bankruptcy of Ambac, it seems like S&P was due to take a look at how it was rating bond insurers. The changes could sting for Assured Guaranty in the short term, but the company proved its mettle during the crisis and now holds a strong position in the industry, so investors may not want to be so quick to head for the hills.
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