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  1. August 19, 2014

    Moody’s downgrades South Africa’s four main banks

    Moody’s, the rating agency, on Tuesday downgraded the credit ratings of South Africa’s four dominant banks as the country’s...

  2. July 30, 2014

    Moody’s in new conflict of interest claim

    Moody’s appears to show favouritism towards its top shareholders – including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – when...

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    July 2, 2014

    Growth in Asean: in the shadow of China

    Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, is so pleased that his country’s currency, the ringgit, is at its strongest level...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. May 1, 2014

    Scotland would be downgraded, says Moody’s

    Scotland will suffer a double downgrade of its credit rating if it votes for independence this year, one of the world’s...

  5. March 31, 2014

    Corporate America’s overseas cash pile rises to $947bn

    American companies have stockpiled nearly a trillion dollars of cash offshore to avoid paying higher tax bills at home,...

  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

    Life insurers suffer further Budget blow

    Life insurers received a further blow following George Osborne’s pensions overhaul when a top rating agency cautioned that...

  8. February 26, 2014

    Moody’s warns on specialised mortgage servicers

    Non-bank mortgage servicers are poised to become the “next generation” of subprime lenders as the companies seek to...

  9. beyondbrics

    February 20, 2014

    Turkish banks: credit agencies list reasons to worry

    Turkish banks are likely to suffer over the next few years as the combination of an economic slowdown and higher interest...

  10. 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...

  11. January 27, 2014

    Moody’s cuts Sony rating to junk

    Moody’s Investors Service has cut the credit rating of Sony to junk status saying that the Japanese group’s profitability is...

  12. beyondbrics

    January 10, 2014

    Poland's lessons for Hungary on forex loans

    It’s not often that banking regulators are on the receiving end of praise. More often than not they’re only noticed after...

  13. January 9, 2014

    Further blow for Qantas as Moody’s cuts rating to junk

    Moody’s has cut Qantas Airways’ credit rating to junk status in a move that piles further pressure on the struggling...

  14. January 8, 2014

    Moody’s deals another blow to global gold miners

    Credit rating agency Moody’s is to use a lower assumed gold price when assessing the mining industry, dealing a fresh blow...

  15. 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...

  16. November 30, 2013

    Moody upgrades Spain’s debt rating

    Moody’s, the international rating agency, has upgraded Spain by one notch, reflecting a rebalancing of the economy towards a...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 29, 2013

    Brazil's budget surplus does a disappearing act

    When Vale agreed to settle multi-billion dollar tax claims this week, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff must have breathed a...

  18. beyondbrics

    November 28, 2013

    The latest victim of tighter Fed policy: sukuk

    This was supposed to be the year of the rise of sukuk markets. As the Malaysian economy recovered and the Arab spring...

  19. November 14, 2013

    Moody’s cuts ratings of three big US banks

    Moody’s has cut the credit ratings of big US banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, after...

  20. November 13, 2013

    Moody’s warns Ineos over financial exposure to Grangemouth

    Ineos has been warned over its continuing financial exposure to the lossmaking Grangemouth petrochemical plant, despite...

  21. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Moody's warns on Brazil

    Moody’s has cut its outlook on Brazil’s rating from positive to stable. Although it’s not a downgrade, it is a blow. For...

  22. September 10, 2013

    The power of the bond markets is a bluff waiting to be called

    James Carville, adviser to President Bill Clinton, once said that were he reincarnated, he would choose to return as the...

  23. August 22, 2013

    Moody’s considers downgrading top US banks

    Moody’s has warned that it could cut the credit ratings of the six biggest US banks, saying the federal government may be...

  24. July 25, 2013

    South Korea records strongest economic growth in two years

    South Korea’s economy recorded its strongest quarterly growth for more than two years in the three months through June, as...

  25. July 24, 2013

    Moody’s boosts payouts ahead of earnings slowdown

    Moody’s, the second largest credit rating agency by number of ratings, raised its payouts to shareholders to cushion an...

  26. July 18, 2013

    Record junk bond refinancing wave looms

    Subinvestment grade companies face a record $101bn refinancing wave next year, raising fears of a shake out among...

  27. July 16, 2013

    Subprime mortgage risk reappears in UK

    Financial instruments blamed for sparking the global economic crisis are set to default in far greater numbers as hard up UK...

  28. July 10, 2013

    Moody’s sees improving outlook for UK banks

    Moody’s has softened its view of the UK banking industry, shifting its outlook assessment from “negative” to “stable” for...

  29. June 27, 2013

    US states need $980bn to fill pension gap, says Moody’s

    US states would need to raise $980bn to cover the aggregate shortfalls in their retirement schemes for public sector...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 24, 2013

    EM corporate debt: time to keep the ratings in mind

    Whether the global capital flows of the last few years are ended or just temporarily disrupted, here’s a reminder of what...

  31. 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,...

  32. 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...

  33. May 19, 2013

    Moody’s warns of new Caribbean debt crisis

    A growing number of Caribbean countries are likely to renege on their debts as the region runs out of options to tackle its...

  34. May 14, 2013

    US regulators urged to break up close ratings relationships

    Regulators should step in to break up a “clubby relationship” between the issuers of asset-backed securities and the credit...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 8, 2013

    [snap]: Fitch ups Mexico rating to BBB+

    The love for Mexico just keeps on coming. Fitch Ratings on Wednesday lifted Mexico’s foreign currency debt rating – the one...

  36. May 3, 2013

    Debt market activity boosts Moody’s

    Moody’s, the credit rating agency, posted a 13 per cent jump in revenues in the first quarter and raised its earnings...

  37. April 15, 2013

    Scope Ratings aims to shake-up hegemony

    A new pan-European rating agency is expanding from modest German roots with an ambition to challenge established names such...

  38. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2013

    Moody's puts negative outlook on Mongolian banks

    Mongolia is one of the brightest hopes among the world’s frontier markets: a fast-growing economy with a vibrant democracy...

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