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    1. October 11, 2014

      Finnish PM calls for ‘strict discipline’ after downgrade

      Finland’s prime minister has called for “strict discipline” in Finnish society after rating agency Standard & Poor’s cut its...

    2. 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 bonds...

    1. September 14, 2014

      Cash is not king when it comes to acquisitions

      Although mergers and acquisitions have surged in 2014, European companies are rarely spending their cash on deals, a...

    2. September 5, 2014

      Chinese property developers borrow at record pace

      Global investors are lending money to Chinese property developers in record amounts this year, in spite of a deteriorating...

    3. August 29, 2014

      Process of  lending to small businesses must be simplified

      European businesses are still struggling to get credit and their woes are hitting growth. Despite an alphabet soup of...

    4. August 26, 2014

      S&P to offer European ‘ratings lite’ product

      Standard & Poor’s is offering medium-sized European companies a “ratings lite” product that would have less onerous...

    5. August 18, 2014

      Global exchanges line up for KRX stake

      US exchange operator CME Group, Deutsche Börse of Germany and Standard & Poor’s have expressed interest in buying a stake in...

    6. July 23, 2014

      S&P faces securities fraud charges over mortgage ratings

      Standard & Poor’s may face securities fraud charges for ratings given to six commercial mortgage-backed securities issued in...

    7. July 13, 2014

      S&P warns on hidden risks in corporate loan market

      Ultra-low interest rates and a tidal wave of liquidity unleashed by central banks are masking dangers in the market for...

    8. July 9, 2014

      Peer-to-peer lender wins landmark rating

      A sliced-and-diced package of peer-to-peer loans has secured a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, the first time a major...

    9. July 9, 2014

      ExIm Bank: Boeing and selling

      Principles and politics aside, now may be the opportune moment to kill the US Export-Import Bank. The ExIm Bank assists...

    10. June 30, 2014

      Global capital expenditure by companies still stalling

      An expected pick-up in global capital investment by cash-rich companies has failed to materialise so far this year. Although...

    11. June 16, 2014

      China overtakes US in company debt issued

      China has more outstanding non-financial corporate debt than any other country, says Standard & Poor’s, having overtaken the...

    12. 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...

    13. June 6, 2014

      S&P loses Australia appeal over misleading investors

      Standard & Poor’s has lost its appeal against a landmark court ruling in Australia, which found the credit rating agency...

    14. 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...

    15. June 3, 2014

      S&P censured for erroneous France downgrade alert

      Standard & Poor’s has been censured by the EU securities watchdog for wrongly announcing in 2011 that France’s credit rating...

    16. April 16, 2014

      S&P moves closer to Geithner deposition

      Standard & Poor’s moved a step closer to deposing former Treasury secretary Tim Geithner in its attempt to prove that the...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. February 12, 2014

      Turkey sells long-dated bond as investors return

      Turkey has issued a $1.5bn bond maturing in 2045, its longest maturity international bond on record, after a marked...

    20. February 6, 2014

      S&P warns of higher risk in bank bail-in bonds

      The “bail-in” bonds issued by banks to absorb losses in the case of financial difficulty are much riskier than first...

    21. 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...

    22. January 20, 2014

      Reinsurers face ratings cuts, S&P warns

      Global reinsurers are facing potential credit rating downgrades after Standard & Poor’s warned the industry had “nowhere to...

    23. December 20, 2013

      S&P strips EU of triple A rating

      The EU was stripped of its triple A credit rating by Standard & Poor’s a day after the bloc’s 28 national leaders took the...

    24. December 11, 2013

      S&P says Europe firms to stay cautious

      European companies are not expected to relax their relatively conservative financial policies next year, according to...

    25. 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...

    26. November 29, 2013

      S&P downgrades Netherlands’ credit rating

      The Netherlands has become the latest eurozone member to be stripped of its triple A credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, the...

    27. November 25, 2013

      S&P picks Citi custody division head for chief executive

      Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency fighting allegations it defrauded investors in the run-up to the credit crisis,...

    28. November 8, 2013

      Malaysian export growth slows

      Germany’s record trade surplus added fuel to the argument that its exports are hampering rebalancing within the EU, while...

    29. November 8, 2013

      France rating downgrade heaps pressure on François Hollande

      François Hollande’s stuttering effort to revive the French economy suffered another setback when Standard & Poor’s lowered...

    30. October 1, 2013

      Risk of US default worries markets more than shutdown

      Nothing stuns an audience like a cliffhanger ending, but suspense is the last thing investors and the US Treasury want from...

    31. September 18, 2013

      S&P warns of Portugal rating cut over second bailout threat

      Standard & Poor’s warned Lisbon on Wednesday that it could further downgrade Portugal’s sovereign debt rating, saying there...

    32. September 3, 2013

      S&P seeks papers to fight $5bn suit

      Standard & Poor’s, the rating agency facing a $5bn lawsuit over its work in the run-up to the credit crisis, is seeking...

    33. July 3, 2013

      S&P downgrades Barclays, Deutsche and Credit Suisse

      Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, reflecting its doubts about the future of...

    34. June 27, 2013

      ConAgra leads as US stocks rally

      US stocks climbed for a third straight day led by ConAgra Foods as concerns receded that the US Federal Reserve would begin...

    35. June 10, 2013

      S&P lifts outlook on US credit rating

      Standard & Poor’s on Monday lifted the long-term rating outlook on the US to stable from negative, citing receding fiscal...

    36. June 7, 2013

      S&P cuts outlook on Brazil sovereign rating

      Standard & Poor’s late on Thursday lowered the outlook on Brazil’s sovereign rating in a warning for a country that until...

    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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