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A report card on the financial health of Canada’s companies

August 30, 2016

A report card on the financial health of Canada’s companies

The Financial Health Rating (FHR) of Canada's publicly-traded companies is deteriorating. James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings International - the company that created FHR - tells BNN why.

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The debt mess at Valeant: How much risk?

March 21, 2016

The debt mess at Valeant: How much risk?

Rapid Ratings gives Valeant a score of 42, which Gellert says is at the low end of the medium risk category.

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Poor At The Core Of Twitter And Paramount’s ‘High Default Risk’

January 29, 2016

Poor At The Core Of Twitter And Paramount’s ‘High Default Risk’

It's report card time to assess the financial health of Twitter and Paramount Resources. We dig into the latest findings from Rapid Ratings. CEO James Gellert says Rapid's "Core Health" rating of Twitter is very poor and it's clear they went public too soon. Paramount has earned a poor overall score and if trends persist, Gellert says the company will face a serious default risk this year.

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Investors should be cautious on Square – Rapid Ratings’ Gellert

November 19, 2015

Investors should be cautious on Square – Rapid Ratings’ Gellert

James Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings talks about the Square IPO, its implications for the broader industry, and the mobile payment company's investment risks.

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Crude realities – The financial health of oil producers

September 17, 2015

Crude realities – The financial health of oil producers

While the price of crude remains depressed we get an assessment of the financial health of oil producers from James Gellert, CEO at Rapid Ratings. The conversation includes a focused look at Baytex Energy which Gellert says is close to "the high risk zone" on the Rapid Ratings' scale. On the flip-side is Suncor, which Gellert says is in good shape with a solid rating.

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The Health of Retailers – J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, American Apparel

August 14, 2015

The Health of Retailers – J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, American Apparel

Rapid Ratings CEO, James Gellert talks to BBN about the latest financial results from J.C. Penney and the challenges ahead for "high risk" American Apparel, which is scrambling to try to avoid defaulting on its credit line. Gellert says he's feeling that bankruptcy is the more likely route.

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Bloomberg: Fitbit Gets Fit for IPO, Can It Stay Healthy?

June 17, 2015

Bloomberg: Fitbit Gets Fit for IPO, Can It Stay Healthy?

FitBit boosted the size of its IPO to as high as $656 million amid strong demand for the shares. Rapid ratings CEO and Chairman James Gellert and Bloomberg's Leslie Picker speak on “Bloomberg Markets.”

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Twitter CEO Resigning from a “Financially Weak Company”

June 12, 2015

Twitter CEO Resigning from a “Financially Weak Company”

The CEO at Twitter is stepping down and James Gellert, CEO, Rapid Ratings, says this should not be a surprise to anyone. Twitter is rated "very high risk" by Rapid Ratings which has given the company a "very weak financial rating." Gellert also says there's been a lot of shuffling of senior management which should not occur at this stage in Twitters' development.

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How to assess corporate financial health

May 29, 2015

How to assess corporate financial health

Rapid Ratings assesses the financial health of more than 30,000 companies around the world. CEO James Gellert explains the research they do and why its important for the investing community, and why Rapid Ratings puts Twitter in the risky category, and why Shake Shack gets a high rating.

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WSJ Live: Is Wall Street Tired of Twitter’s Numbers?

April 29, 2015

WSJ Live: Is Wall Street Tired of Twitter’s Numbers?

Has Wall Street lost its patience with Twitter’s struggles to make money? Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert breaks down the numbers on MoneyBeat.

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Bloomberg: Etsy, High-Risk, Lacks Proven Sustainability

April 16, 2015

Bloomberg: Etsy, High-Risk, Lacks Proven Sustainability

James Gellert, chief executive officer at Rapid Ratings, discusses the business of Etsy as the e-commerce site goes public today in a $267 million IPO. He speaks on “Market Makers.”

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Shop for Etsy stock? Bull vs. bear

April 15, 2015

Shop for Etsy stock? Bull vs. bear

Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert delves into Etsy's financial health and operating efficiency ahead of its impending IPO.

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WSJ Live: GoDaddy Goes Public: Why Such a Low Rating?

April 1, 2015

WSJ Live: GoDaddy Goes Public: Why Such a Low Rating?

Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert visits MoneyBeat and explains why the firm gave Go Daddy, which began trading on Wednesday, such a low rating.

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Bloomberg: Shake Shack Ready to Serve Up First Earnings Report

March 8, 2015

Bloomberg: Shake Shack Ready to Serve Up First Earnings Report

James Gellert, CEO at Rapid Ratings, previews today’s first earnings report from Shake Shack since becoming a public company and examines the business of Box and Etsy. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller on “In The Loop.”

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WSJ Live: Shake Shack Debuts on NYSE

January 30, 2015

WSJ Live: Shake Shack Debuts on NYSE

Shake Shack is an extremely well run company, with a Financial Health Rating (FHR®) of 85, Very Low Risk. Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert discusses what raises the company to a level few of its peers match.

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Fox Business: Shake Shack: From street meat to IPO

January 30, 2015

Fox Business: Shake Shack: From street meat to IPO

CEO James Gellert discusses Shake Shack’s financial strength with Fox Business anchor Liz Claman in light of last week's trading debut, as well as offers insight into what Twitter has yet to prove from a financial health perspective, ahead of its upcoming earnings report (spoiler alert: it’s still a lot).

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Bloomberg: Is Box Healthy Enough to Build on IPO Success?

January 26, 2015

Bloomberg: Is Box Healthy Enough to Build on IPO Success?

Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert talks with Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu about the poor financial health of Box (rated a 23), which began trading on Friday, and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the strong financial health of Shake Shack (rated an 85) ahead of its impending IPO.

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Bloomberg: IPO Market Will Be `Pretty Strong’ in 2015: Gellert

December 29, 2014

Bloomberg: IPO Market Will Be `Pretty Strong’ in 2015: Gellert

James Gellert, chief executive officer of Rapid Ratings International, talks about the outlook for initial public offerings in 2015 and Twitter Inc. He speaks with Brendan Greeley, Betty Liu and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."

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2015 IPO Outlook

December 29, 2014

2015 IPO Outlook

James Gellert, Chairman & CEO, Rapid Ratings International joins BNN for a look at IPOs to watch in 2015.

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GoPro & social media earnings and outlook

October 31, 2014

GoPro & social media earnings and outlook

James H. Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings International, wraps earnings and outlook for Facebook, LinkedIn and GoPro.

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WSJ Live: Google Results Disappoint on Slowdown in Paid Clicks

October 17, 2014

WSJ Live: Google Results Disappoint on Slowdown in Paid Clicks

CEO James H. Gellert discusses Google's financial health with editor Paul Vigna on WSJ Live. Despite the market's negative reaction to the company's quarterly earnings report, Google is still financially strong and likely to continue as such.

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WSJ Live: Alibaba prices IPO at $68 a share ahead of New York stock flotation

September 19, 2014

WSJ Live: Alibaba prices IPO at $68 a share ahead of New York stock flotation

Ahead of Alibaba's trading debut, Paul Vigna and James Gellert compare the company's IPO to that of Facebook and other US tech companies.

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Alibaba: Highly rated against Chinese & online peers

September 19, 2014

Alibaba: Highly rated against Chinese & online peers

Rapid Ratings International rates Alibaba highly against its Chinese and internet peers. CEO and Chairman James H. Gellert discusses Alibaba's financial health and the company's strong fundamentals.

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Bloomberg: How Alibaba IPO Stacks Up Against Tech Competitors

September 17, 2014

Bloomberg: How Alibaba IPO Stacks Up Against Tech Competitors

CEO James Gellert discusses the upcoming debut of Alibaba, and the importance of how effectively Alibaba and Yahoo use the IPO proceeds.

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Fox Business: Alibaba shows good financial health

September 15, 2014

Fox Business: Alibaba shows good financial health

Rapid Ratings Chairman and CEO James Gellert explains how Rapid Ratings judges corporations based on financial health, and explains Alibaba’s healthy 71 rating.

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Bloomberg: What to Look for During Alibaba’s IPO Roadshow

September 8, 2014

Bloomberg: What to Look for During Alibaba’s IPO Roadshow

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WSJ Live: Previewing Alibaba and Other Fall IPOs

August 19, 2014

WSJ Live: Previewing Alibaba and Other Fall IPOs

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Lululemon & American Apparel: Not Cut From the Same Cloth

July 8, 2014

Lululemon & American Apparel: Not Cut From the Same Cloth

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Supply Chain Brain: The Evolution of Risk Management

July 3, 2014

Supply Chain Brain: The Evolution of Risk Management

Rapid Ratings SVP of Supplier Risk, Rose Kelly-Falls, offers insight into the importance of resilience and supplier risk management, at the ISM International Conference.

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WSJ Live: Rating the GoPro IPO

June 26, 2014

WSJ Live: Rating the GoPro IPO

GoPro's initial public offering priced at $24 a share, the high end of expectations, a sign of strong demand for the video camera maker. James Gellert, president and CEO of Rapid Ratings, discusses the company's IPO on MoneyBeat.

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Bloomberg: Why GoPro Is Pitching Itself as a Media Company

June 25, 2014

Bloomberg: Why GoPro Is Pitching Itself as a Media Company

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Fox Business: Window for IPOs closing?

May 12, 2014

Fox Business: Window for IPOs closing?

Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert gives his outlook for the IPO market on "Opening Bell" with Maria Bartiromo.

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Fox Business: What’s driving investments?

May 12, 2014

Fox Business: What’s driving investments?

In segment two of Maria Bartiromo's new show, "Opening Bell," RR CEO James Gellert offers insight into recent M&A activity, financial health, and the importance of a diversified portfolio.

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WSJ Live: Questions Raised by Alibaba’s Filing

May 7, 2014

WSJ Live: Questions Raised by Alibaba’s Filing

Rapid Ratings CEO James H. Gellert delves into Alibaba's financial health with WSJ Live editor Paul Vigna.

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Fox Business: How does Alibaba stack up?

May 7, 2014

Fox Business: How does Alibaba stack up?

Now that Alibaba has filed for IPO, RR CEO James Gellert give his view of the company's financial health and outlook in a discussion with host Liz Claman.

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Fox Business: Twitter: More potential than reality?

April 29, 2014

Fox Business: Twitter: More potential than reality?

RR CEO James Gellert give his outlook on Twitter's financial health ahead of the company's earnings release, and discusses what Twitter has yet to prove with host Liz Claman.

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Reuters Insider: It’s IPO uh-oh for Candy Crush maker

March 26, 2014

Reuters Insider: It’s IPO uh-oh for Candy Crush maker

James Gellert and Bobbi Rebell of Reuters Insider discuss King Digital's financial health and IPO.

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Bloomberg: Is King Digital Eye Candy for Investors?

March 26, 2014

Bloomberg: Is King Digital Eye Candy for Investors?

James Gellert and Bloomberg’s Alix Steel, Cory Johnson and Leslie Picker discuss the King Digital IPO and valuation on “In The Loop.”

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WSJ Live: ‘Candy Crush Saga’ IPO: Should You Buy In?

March 25, 2014

WSJ Live: ‘Candy Crush Saga’ IPO: Should You Buy In?

James H. Gellert discusses “Candy Crush Saga” game maker King Digital's financial health ahead of its trading debut. King is run in a much more efficient way than peers in the space that have recently IPO-ed, like Zynga.

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TV4 Sweden: Spelbolaget KING, bakom candy crush saga, förbereder sig för notering på New York börsen

March 23, 2014

TV4 Sweden: Spelbolaget KING, bakom candy crush saga, förbereder sig för notering på New York börsen

CEO James Gellert discusses whether King Digital is a one-hit wonder on TV4 Sweden.

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Bloomberg: Do King’s `Candy Crush’ IPO Numbers Stack Up?

February 19, 2014

Bloomberg: Do King’s `Candy Crush’ IPO Numbers Stack Up?

With a Financial Health Rating (FHR®) of 86, King has the financial stability to weather whatever comes down the pike in its next stage (unlike $ZNGA, which was rated 19 at IPO). James Gallert examines the numbers for “Candy Crush Saga” game maker King Digital ahead of its IPO on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.”

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International Business Times: Twitter Stock: Where Does Rapid Ratings Rate TWTR?

February 7, 2014

International Business Times: Twitter Stock: Where Does Rapid Ratings Rate TWTR?

James H. Gellert, Chairman & CEO at Rapid Ratings, discusses Twitter Inc.'s (NYSE: TWTR) first ever earnings report as a public traded company with IBT video editor Jessica Menton, including how RR rates the social networking company to investors.

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WSJ Live: Twitter’s Fundamentals: Suddenly Relevant

February 6, 2014

WSJ Live: Twitter’s Fundamentals: Suddenly Relevant

Rapid Ratings CEO James H. Gellert talks Twitter with WSJ Live editor Paul Vigna in light of this week's disappointing earnings report and market reaction.

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WSJ Live: General Motors: A Rough Road Ahead?

December 11, 2013

WSJ Live: General Motors: A Rough Road Ahead?

CEO James H. Gellert discusses GM with WSJ Live editor Paul Vigna, specifically looking at the auto giant's new CEO, what she should be considering to take the company forward, and the importance of managing the company's supply chain.

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Fox Business: Is Twitter’s IPO too high-risk?

November 15, 2013

Fox Business: Is Twitter’s IPO too high-risk?

Twitter, one week in: Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert evaluates the company's standing and financial health in light of its recent IPO.

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WSJ Live: What to Look for After Twitter’s IPO

November 7, 2013

WSJ Live: What to Look for After Twitter’s IPO

Eventually, at some point down the road, Twitter may actually have to deliver on its great promise. “There’s no question that none of these numbers are about the fundamentals today, they’re all about the prospects.” say James Gellert, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rapid Ratings.

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BNN: The Close: The Analyst’s Take

November 7, 2013

BNN: The Close: The Analyst’s Take

James Gellert, CEO at Rapid Ratings, discusses Twitter's prospects and how it compares to IPOs from the tech bubble era.

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Bloomberg: Twitter IPO: Proceeding Cautiously or High Risk?

October 25, 2013

Bloomberg: Twitter IPO: Proceeding Cautiously or High Risk?

Jeffrey Sica, founder at SICA Wealth Management and James Gellert, chairman & CEO at Rapid Ratings, offer two views of Twitter’s valuation and IPO and examine the risks to the company’s finances. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s "Market Makers."

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Bloomberg: Twitter Is Still Run in an Inefficient Way: Gellert

October 7, 2013

Bloomberg: Twitter Is Still Run in an Inefficient Way: Gellert

Rapid Ratings Chairman and CEO James Gellert discusses rating the financial health of Twitter. He speaks with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

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WSJ-MoneyBeat: BlackBerry Deal: An Analyst’s Take

September 24, 2013

WSJ-MoneyBeat: BlackBerry Deal: An Analyst’s Take

Blackberry has been rated a 'very high risk' for several quarters by ratings agency Rapid Ratings. Given their standing, the company had little choice but to do something dramatic, Rapid Ratings CEO James Gellert says on MoneyBeat.

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CNBC: Will Fairfax be Blackberry’s ‘saving grace’?

September 24, 2013

CNBC: Will Fairfax be Blackberry’s ‘saving grace’?

James Gellert, CEO at Rapid Ratings, talks about the Blackberry/Fairfax Financial deal and says that while it could be a "saving grace" for the Canadian group, there are many challenges ahead.

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Fairfax agrees to buy Blackberry

September 23, 2013

Fairfax agrees to buy Blackberry

James Gellert, CEO at Rapid Ratings, discusses BlackBerry's rise and fall and what comes next.

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The Street: Give Credit to Six Flags, Denny’s?

July 18, 2013

The Street: Give Credit to Six Flags, Denny’s?

CEO James Gellert discusses the differences between Rapid Ratings and the traditional rating agencies and the outlook for Six Flags and Denny's.

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BNN: How Healthy is Blackberry?

July 9, 2013

BNN: How Healthy is Blackberry?

James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings discusses BlackBerry and the financial health rating methodology.

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CNBC: Ratings Agencies: There’s Gotta Be a Better Way!

February 5, 2013

CNBC: Ratings Agencies: There’s Gotta Be a Better Way!

James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings, provides perspective on the US Department of Justice's civil lawsuit against Standard & Poor's, discussing ratings industry reform.

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John Lothian Newsletter: Ratings: How Does Your Broker Rate?

December 18, 2012

John Lothian Newsletter: Ratings: How Does Your Broker Rate?

James Gellert, President and CEO of Rapid Ratings, says futures broker ratings could make for more informed retail and professional investors.

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John Lothian Newsletter: James Gellert of Rapid Ratings Discusses MF Global & Credit Ratings Regulation

June 21, 2012

John Lothian Newsletter: James Gellert of Rapid Ratings Discusses MF Global & Credit Ratings Regulation

How does Rapid Ratings work? Watch our CEO, James Gellert, speak with John Lothian News Editor-at-Large Doug Ashburn about our user-pay model, our early warning on MF Global, and credit ratings regulation under Dodd-Frank.

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CSPAN: CEO, James Gellert, testifies to House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee on MF Global

February 2, 2012

James H. Gellert testifies on Rapid Ratings' early warning signals on MF Global alongside S&P and Moody's representatives. While S&P and Moody's issued MF Global investment grade ratings until days before its collapse, Rapid Ratings had been rating MF Global as high risk for over two years.

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Fox Business: Factors Weighing on the U.S. Markets, Economy

August 10, 2011

Fox Business: Factors Weighing on the U.S. Markets, Economy

Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Rapid Ratings International CEO James Gellert on The Willis Report with Gerri Willis.

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BNN: S&P Downgrade

August 8, 2011

BNN: S&P Downgrade

Standard & Poor's decision to strip the U.S. of its top credit rating sent markets tumbling today. Is it justified or could it be that S&P is simply trying to make up for being wrong in the past? BNN speaks to James Gellert, Chairman & CEO, Rapid Ratings.

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Bloomberg: Gellert Says S&P Downgrade of U.S. Has `Silver Linings’

August 8, 2011

Bloomberg: Gellert Says S&P Downgrade of U.S. Has `Silver Linings’

James Gellert, chief executive officer of Rapid Ratings, talks about Standard & Poor's U.S. credit rating downgrade. He speaks with Lisa Murphy and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness with Margaret Brennan."

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Fox Business: Oversight of the Credit Rating Agencies

July 28, 2011

Fox Business: Oversight of the Credit Rating Agencies

James H. Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International discusses the oversight of credit rating agencies and the impact Dodd-Frank has had on the industry.

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Bloomberg: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James H. Gellert discusses U.S. Credit Rating Industry Oversight, Debt Ceiling

July 27, 2011

Bloomberg: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James H. Gellert discusses U.S. Credit Rating Industry Oversight, Debt Ceiling

James H. Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, talks about the credit ratings industry and the U.S. debt ceiling. He speaks with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."

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C-SPAN: Rapid Ratings CEO, James H. Gellert, testifies to the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee at hearing “Oversight of the Credit Rating Agencies Post Dodd-Frank”

July 27, 2011

C-SPAN: Rapid Ratings CEO, James H. Gellert, testifies to the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee at hearing “Oversight of the Credit Rating Agencies Post Dodd-Frank”

James H. Gellert testifies on the lack of material reform in the ratings industry at the one year anniversary of Dodd-Frank.

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SupplyChainBrain: Mastering Supply Chain Risk

July 7, 2011

SupplyChainBrain: Mastering Supply Chain Risk

Rose Kelly-Falls, SVP, Supply Chain Risk Management of Rapid Ratings International discusses the range of challenges facing supply chain managers and the some of the potential solutions to those problems.

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Fox Business: Interview on Ratings Agency Reform

May 7, 2011

Fox Business: Interview on Ratings Agency Reform

Rapid Ratings CEO James H. Gellert joined FOX Business in the discussion on the conflicts of interest of credit ratings firms and whether reform will help.

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Inside Indiana Business: CEO, James Gellert discusses bringing new innovations to the ratings space

May 4, 2011

Inside Indiana Business: CEO, James Gellert discusses bringing new innovations to the ratings space

James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings International talks to Inside Indiana Business Host Gerry Dick about taking a new approach to providing ratings and the opening of a new office in the Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis.

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BNN: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James Gellert discusses Warren Buffett testimony to the Federal Crisis Investigation Committee

June 2, 2010

BNN: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James Gellert discusses Warren Buffett testimony to the Federal Crisis Investigation Committee

James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings International discusses the FCIC testimony, recent US Senate bill amendments and the European Union initiative to create a ratings regulatory body.

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BNN: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James Gellert discusses House Finance Committee testimony

October 1, 2009

BNN: Rapid Ratings International CEO, James Gellert discusses House Finance Committee testimony

James Gellert, CEO of Rapid Ratings International discusses the House of Representatives hearings on credit ratings agency oversight and the Administration (Treasury), House and Senate proposals regarding regulation.

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Bloomberg: James Gellert discusses proposed Ratings Industry Regulation

September 17, 2009

Bloomberg: James Gellert discusses proposed Ratings Industry Regulation

Rapid Ratings CEO, James Gellert and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink both discuss proposed regulation on Bloomberg News.

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C-SPAN: Senate Banking Committee. Examining Proposals to Enhance the Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies

August 5, 2009

C-SPAN: Senate Banking Committee. Examining Proposals to Enhance the Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies

The Senate Banking Committee invited James H. Gellert, Rapid Ratings’ CEO, to testify at the Ratings Agency Reform Hearing on August 5, 2009.

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BNN: Ratings Agencies Regs

July 10, 2009

BNN: Ratings Agencies Regs

CEO of Rapid Ratings International, James H. Gellert discusses the Treasury Department's "Investor Protection Act of 2009" concerning reform of the ratings industry. Gellert raises concerns regarding Treasury's focus on curbing behavior in the issuer paid business model, rather than attacking the business model itself. Gellert proposes a crack down on the ratings industry's dominance by The Big Three traditional agencies, and consequently increased competition, as the best way to create more accurate ratings models.

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Fox Business: Rapid Ratings CEO on Regulation, Future

May 7, 2009

Fox Business: Rapid Ratings CEO on Regulation, Future

To Fox Business anchor Liz Claman, CEO of Rapid Ratings International, James H. Gellert, discusses the weaknesses of traditional ratings agencies and the role of Rapid Ratings.

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C-SPAN: James H. Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, testified on “Corporations and Credit Rating Usage”

April 15, 2009

C-SPAN: James H. Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, testified on “Corporations and Credit Rating Usage”

James H. Gellert, Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, participated in a panel with members of the Securities & Exchange Commission to discuss “Corporations and Credit Rating Usage.” The panel talked about the role of the credit rating agencies in economic growth, the difficulties in getting started in the credit rating industry, the regulations of the industry, and logistical barriers faced by the industry.

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