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    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. March 27, 2013

      Brazil hits growth ‘stumbling block’

      Brazil’s slowing economy and fiscal stimulus efforts are weighing on its sovereign credit rating, Fitch said on Wednesday,...

    8. March 4, 2013

      Subprime trial a rehearsal for federal case

      The wheels of American justice grind slowly, so it could be years before the Obama administration’s lawsuit against Standard...

    9. February 23, 2013

      Is downgrade bad news for Osborne?

      AA+ is the new triple A. In the case of the UK, it is actually Aa1, as Moody’s insists on using an alternative rating...

    10. February 6, 2013

      Moody’s warns of debt refinance struggle

      Companies with the most fragile balance sheets could struggle to refinance about $86bn of debt maturing in the coming years...

    11. February 4, 2013

      Moody’s hits out at Jefferies’ pay deals

      Moody’s has warned that the “hefty” multimillion-dollar pay package given to Jefferies’ top executives could end up hurting...

    12. January 28, 2013

      Consumer debt fears hit Canadian banks

      Moody’s has cut the credit ratings of six of Canada’s biggest banks because of worries over the country’s rising consumer...

    13. January 22, 2013

      Egan-Jones is given SEC ratings ban

      The head of Egan-Jones Ratings agency, a small rival of the big three credit rating agencies, has been banned from issuing...

    14. April 8, 2012

      Liverpool’s legacy strengthens cotton trade

      It is exactly a century since Liverpool’s cotton imports hit a record and its role at the centre of the world trade began to...

    15. April 8, 2012

      Agencies at odds over new ratings

      Credit rating agencies are sparring in public over new ratings as they seek to enhance reputations damaged during the...

    16. January 31, 2012

      Moody’s warns of refinancing challenge

      US companies with the lowest credit ratings could struggle to refinance about $80bn of debt maturing in the coming years as...

    17. January 20, 2012

      Moody’s puts Tesco’s rating under review

      Moody’s, the credit rating agency, has placed Tesco’s A3 long-term senior unsecured rating under review for possible...

    18. November 14, 2011

      Alcohol producers’ EM push viewed favourably

      The push by alcohol manufacturers into emerging markets such as China – which is alone expected to account for two thirds of...

    19. September 22, 2011

      EU to speed recapitalisation of smaller banks

      European officials look set to speed up plans to recapitalise the 16 banks that came close to failing last summer’s pan-EU...

    20. September 21, 2011

      SABMiller faces the Strine of playing by Aussie rules

      Briton: Strewth, Cobber! The poms have only gone and snaffled the amber nectar! Australian: (sipping a glass of chilled...

    21. September 20, 2011

      Italy: downgrade wobbles the domino

      Despite yelps from Silvio Berlusconi, Standard & Poor’s one-notch downgrade of Italy’s debt was no great surprise....

    22. September 14, 2011

      Crédit Agricole and SocGen downgraded

      Société Générale and Crédit Agricole were hit by credit rating downgrades as France’s embattled financial sector struggles...

    23. September 14, 2011

      Moody’s cuts two French banks’ ratings

      Two of France’s largest banks, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, were hit by credit rating downgrades as France’s...

    24. August 2, 2011

      McGraw-Hill: break-up is way to go

      Activist investing is not just about finding inefficiencies, putting money in and complaining. Jana Partners, along with the...

    25. July 24, 2011

      Finance: Arbiters under fire

      Ten days ago, the US lost its triple A credit rating. The downgrade, triggered by the huge increases in US government debt...

    26. July 6, 2011

      Europe lashes out over downgrades

      Senior European officials lashed out at Moody’s on Wednesday, questioning the timing of the debt rating agency’s downgrade...

    27. June 15, 2011

      French banks: Greek grief

      The domino effect is ineluctable. Standard & Poor’s downgrades Greece’s sovereign credit rating to the world’s lowest; the...

    28. April 27, 2011

      Moody’s cuts New Jersey’s credit rating

      Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of New Jersey by a notch due to the US state’s weakening...

    29. March 24, 2011

      Spanish cajas in talks with hedge funds

      Some of the world’s largest hedge funds and private equity groups have held talks with Spain’s troubled savings banks as...

    30. March 24, 2011

      Europe’s CLO sector held back by Brussels

      When Moody’s Investors Service proposed ratings changes this week that could see nearly all structured loan vehicles...

    31. March 23, 2011

      CLO ratings set to benefit from Moody’s re-evaluation

      Almost all structured loan vehicles could be upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service after the ratings agency said it planned...

    32. March 16, 2011

      Portugal yields jump at €1bn debt sale

      Portugal sold €1bn in short-term government debt on Wednesday, but had to pay a higher interest rate after Moody’s...

    33. March 10, 2011

      Rating agencies square up to Spain’s watchdog

      The solidity – or lack of it – of Spain’s banking sector moved centre stage again on Thursday, as the credit rating agencies...

    34. February 14, 2011

      Junior debt in line for Moody’s downgrade

      Banks’ junior debt could be downgraded following a reassessment by Moody’s Investors Service of how it includes likely...

    35. February 3, 2011

      Rating agencies bullish on year ahead

      Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s have forecast another strong year of revenue growth, underlining the...

    36. January 21, 2011

      Indonesia to cut import duties

      Indonesia will scrap import duties on dozens of goods, from fertiliser to wheat and soya beans, in an effort to curb surging...

    37. January 6, 2011

      Retail sales report weighs on US stocks

      Gap, Target and Macy’s were among the retail stocks that fell after weak festive holiday trading but positive news from the...

    38. December 22, 2010

      Investors unsure about Europe’s periphery

      This was the year European politicians took on the markets – and had their bluff called. First they were caught out on...

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