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Ratings conflict

Ratings agencies are paid by the sellers of the securities they rate. Critics say there's a conflict of interest there. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

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Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace and the creator and host of the Marketplace Whiteboard. Follow Paddy on Twitter @paddyhirsch and on facebook at www.facebook.com/paddyhirsch101
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Since there is already a session talking about the hedge fund, would you mind demonstrating the private equity, including LBO and venture capital, and mutual funds? Just confused about the difference.

In this financial disaster much has been said about moral hazard and obscene bonuses. Do you have a video or can you develope one describing how money is made throughout the complex chain of mortgage back securities and investment banking. There seems to be more money being made than from just the interest paid by a mortgage holder. Where does this money come from and who is being paid for what?

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