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    1. July 8, 2015

      Lower oil pressures energy junk debt

      Declining oil prices are increasing the pressure on junk bonds, fuelling a rise in company defaults concentrated among...

    2. June 23, 2015

      Moody’s to reassess clearing house risks

      The credit quality of clearing houses involved in derivatives and whether they are a potential source of systemic risk...

    1. May 13, 2015

      Moody’s downgrades Chicago to junk

      Moody’s has stripped Chicago of its investment grade rating over its yawning pension plan deficit, potentially...

    2. January 29, 2015

      P2P consumer loans given landmark rating

      A bundle of peer-to-peer consumer loans has been given a credit rating by Moody’s, the first time a major rating agency...

    3. January 13, 2015

      Contractors caught in Petrobras scandal

      The fallout from a scandal at Brazil’s Petrobras deepened on Tuesday with the downgrade of the credit ratings of...

    4. December 16, 2014

      Pru chief attacks rating agencies

      Prudential’s chief executive has accused credit ratings agencies of failing to properly understand the UK-based life...

    5. beyondbrics

      November 10, 2014

      Moody's: EMs face demographic challenges

      Teeth have long been gnashed over the dismal demographic trends of the developed world, with the babyboomer generation...

    6. September 17, 2014

      Moody’s: rating bank debt

      In financial models, booms and busts comes in linear shapes. In the real world things tend to be a little messier. And...

    7. September 15, 2014

      ‘Ratings shopping’ makes a comeback in the US

      A practice derided for exacerbating the credit boom has returned with a bang as financial firms that sell securitised...

    8. September 9, 2014

      Moody’s to redo ratings of bank debt

      Moody’s has proposed changes to the way it calculates bank credit ratings to reflect recent reforms that are designed...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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,...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. May 10, 2012

      Moody’s issues capital warning to global banks

      Moody’s has warned that the tendency of global banks to avoid new capital requirement rules and load up on debt will...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. November 1, 2011

      Banking: Record earnings may lead to shake-up

      Largely free of exposure to Greek debt or toxic derivatives, the banking sector looks strong enough to stand up well to...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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