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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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,...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. May 1, 2013

    Microsoft beats Apple in the credit ratings league

    It is a long standing rivalry and on one score, Microsoft still trumps Apple – when it comes to the rating of their...

  34. April 30, 2013

    McGraw-Hill reveals $77m S&P settlement

    Standard & Poor’s paid almost one month’s operating profit to settle legal claims that it gave inflated credit ratings to...

  35. April 22, 2013

    S&P asks court to throw out $5bn lawsuit

    The US Department of Justice’s civil lawsuit seeking more than $5bn from Standard & Poor’s for allegedly inflating ratings...

  36. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2013

    World Cup 2018: Can Russia afford it?

    The Kremlin believes that hosting prestigious international events is an opportunity for Russia to boost its international...

  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. April 5, 2013

    S&P keeps triple A rating for Britain

    Britain has held on to its triple A rating from Standard & Poor’s. The rating agency chose not to follow the lead of...

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