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  1. June 11, 2014

    Doubts raised over rating agency reform

    On a Friday night in New York City, the block around the Westin hotel near Times Square heaves with activity. Throngs of...

  2. June 3, 2014

    Russia and China plan own rating agency to rival western players

    Russia and China have agreed to set up a joint rating agency as Moscow’s stand-off with the west over Ukraine has made it...

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  1. Guide to Davos 2012

    The time for talk is over: Europe’s politicians need to act fast in order to solve the...
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  1. May 23, 2014

    S&P 500 closes above 1,900 for first time

    Friday 21:00 BST. US stocks ended the week at record highs as the bullish mood in the markets remained firmly underpinned by...

  2. May 18, 2014

    First defaults in second-generation CMBS emerge

    The former headquarters of ATI Careers Training Center, in a rundown suburb of Fort Worth, Texas lies vacant. Where once...

  3. May 13, 2014

    Bulls trample on quality of mortgage deals

    Just as the “Charging Bull” statue in Manhattan’s financial district is an iconic symbol of America’s financial virility and...

  4. May 8, 2014

    Taper tremors fail to deter ETF investors

    Tremors that ran through the $2.5tn market for exchange traded funds last year have failed to deter investors from using the...

  5. beyondbrics

    May 2, 2014

    Guest post: can China bail itself out? (Quite possibly, no)

    By Andrew Collier, Orient Capital Research What happens if China goes broke? China’s Rmb4tn stimulus package in 2008 – and...

  6. March 31, 2014

    Triple A sovereign ratings deposed

    The triple A government bond is dead. Long live the double A bond. The global pool of government bonds given a top “risk...

  7. March 24, 2014

    S&P cuts Brazil rating to one notch above junk

    Standard & Poor’s has cut Brazil’s sovereign debt rating to one notch above junk-bond status, citing concerns over the...

  8. March 21, 2014

    California glamour takes prices to giddy heights – but can it last?

    Homeowners and buyers in California’s coastal communities may be forgiven for feeling giddy: just two years ago the property...

  9. March 17, 2014

    China admits its ills but faces an unpalatable cure

    Finally, Chinese leaders have admitted what the market has been saying for some time: defaults by Chinese borrowers are all...

  10. February 12, 2014

    Egypt outlook raised to ‘stable’ by Fitch but risks ‘substantial’

    Funds from Gulf countries have helped stabilise Egypt’s outlook but the country still faces “substantial risks and...

  11. February 4, 2014

    Italy accuses S&P of not getting ‘la dolce vita’

    If financial analysts had spent more time admiring a Michaelangelo fresco or reading Dante instead of poring over...

  12. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    Vzla's Banesco and Spain's NCG Banco: diversifying risk

    With Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, engaged in an “economic offensive” against what he calls “capitalist...

  13. December 18, 2013

    Emerging markets downgrades outnumber promotions

    The developing world is suffering from more credit rating downgrades than promotions for the first time since the financial...

  14. beyondbrics

    December 16, 2013

    Fitch puts Ukraine on downgrade watch as bonds rally

    It’s not a downgrade, nor even a change in outlook, but a statement issued by Fitch Ratings on Monday is still a warning....

  15. beyondbrics

    December 10, 2013

    Fitch upgrades Colombia

    Another vote of confidence for Colombia: on Tuesday, Fitch Ratings, the credit rating agency, upped its foreign debt rating...

  16. December 2, 2013

    Rating agencies face fines threat after EU sovereign debt probe

    The top credit rating agencies face the threat of fines after an EU regulator said it had uncovered “deficiencies” in the...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 4, 2013

    Brazil odds on for a rating downgrade, says Barclays

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of the big four emerging markets would be the first to lose its investment grade status?...

  18. November 3, 2013

    European banks cut corporate lending

    Europe's largest banks have ramped up their investment into sovereign debt by more than a quarter in the past two years...

  19. October 29, 2013

    Fitch pushes back on Blackstone rental bond

    One of the biggest credit rating agencies in the US has pushed back against a competitor’s decision to grant a triple A...

  20. October 27, 2013

    Fed probes banks’ exposure to mortgage vehicles

    Regulators at the New York Fed have been probing banks’ exposure to a type of mortgage investment vehicle that has...

  21. beyondbrics

    October 23, 2013

    Fitch upgrades Peru

    A vote of confidence for Peru: Fitch Ratings, the credit rating agency, has upped its foreign debt rating to ‘BBB+’, two...

  22. October 16, 2013

    US eleventh hour deal averts default

    In pictures: how the night unfolded The US Congress has passed a bill to reopen the federal government and approve new...

  23. October 16, 2013

    US rating put on negative watch on default fears

    Fitch Ratings placed the triple A credit rating of the US on negative watch, as efforts to end the budget impasse faltered...

  24. October 15, 2013

    Fitch moves closer to US ratings downgrade

    Fitch Ratings on Tuesday placed the US on negative watch, as a prelude to a possible ratings downgrade, citing the country’s...

  25. October 6, 2013

    US fund market outstrips Europe in the pursuit of profits

    Europe’s fund management industry is far less profitable than that of the US, despite charging most investors higher fees,...

  26. beyondbrics

    September 18, 2013

    Fitch: China's credit is not just big, it's growing way too fast

    Some more fuel to the China-credit-is-out-of-control fire. Fitch Ratings (which, don’t forget, downgraded China’s debt...

  27. August 15, 2013

    Flood of problem loans to stretch China’s bad banks

    When Goldman Sachs economists wanted to bring their global clients up to speed on the risks in China’s credit boom, they...

  28. August 14, 2013

    Fitch and Fed warn on risks from ETFs

    Parts of the booming market for exchange traded funds risk worsening broader market sell-offs or triggering crashes,...

  29. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2013

    Kazakhstan: time for that eurobond?

    So, Kazakhstan has restated its intention to issue a $1bn eurobond, Reuters reported on Monday. The oil-rich nation has been...

  30. July 14, 2013

    Movers & shakers: July 18

    ● Caroline Kitidis is joining Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management as head of key client partners and wealth investment...

  31. beyondbrics

    July 9, 2013

    Vietnam's bad bank: welcome?

    What sort of welcome should we give to the Vietnamese Asset Management Company, due to come into operation today? As...

  32. FT Alphaville

    July 2, 2013

    More details on REITs

    The handy chart above, from a new note by Fitch Ratings, shows the process by which mortgage real estate investment trusts...

  33. June 24, 2013

    Shortage of building workers could hold back recovery, says Fitch

    US homebuilders are struggling to assemble the crews they need to build new houses, which could hold back the rebound of a...

  34. June 19, 2013

    China’s banks: of liquidity and credit

    Take a banking system that is opaque at best. Add a global financial community well versed in signs of stress following the...

  35. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2013

    Indonesia: get ready for an insurance boom

    With very low penetration rates and too many small players, Fitch Ratings reckons Indonesia’s nascent insurance market could...

  36. June 4, 2013

    Fitch cuts Illinois rating on pension woes

    Fitch Ratings cut Illinois’ credit rating by one notch on Monday after lawmakers closed the spring legislative session last...

  37. May 22, 2013

    Rating agencies under fire again

    After coming under fire for their blessing of risky mortgage backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis,...

  38. May 22, 2013

    ‘Eureka’ moment for rating agency critics

    Marc Joffe reckons it could be a “Eureka!” moment for bond investors and critics of the big credit rating agencies. Mr...

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