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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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....

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. November 19, 2010

    Analyst to rival Moody’s and S&P with own rating agency

    Meredith Whitney, a Wall Street analyst who shot to prominence with bearish calls on banks before the financial crisis,...

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