Credit rating agency DRBS Inc. agreed to pay almost $6 million to settle SEC charges of misrepresenting its surveillance methodology for ratings of certain complex financial instruments during a three-year period. An SEC investigation found that the firm misrepresented that it would monitor on a monthly basis each of its outstanding ratings of U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and re-securitized real estate mortgage investment conduits (Re-REMICs) by conducting a three-step quantitative analysis and subjecting each rating to review by a surveillance committee. In fact, the review was not conducted on a monthly basis and when the committee convened it reviewed only a limited subset of ratings. DRBS did not have adequate staffing and technological resources to conduct the surveillance promised by its surveillance methodology. SEC
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