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#Credit Ratings

S&P improves outlook for Irish credit rating after prom note deal
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S&P improves outlook for Irish credit rating after prom note deal

Feb 11th 2013, 6:46 PM 7,850 Views 56 Comments

Exchanging promissory notes for long-term bonds “should reduce the government’s debt-servicing costs and lower refinancing risk.”

European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules
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European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules

Jan 16th 2013, 5:06 PM 4,983 Views 20 Comments

Parliament voted in favour of the legislation today in a bid to improve the stability of financial markets.

Eurozone's new bailout fund loses AAA credit rating
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Eurozone's new bailout fund loses AAA credit rating

Dec 1st 2012, 12:50 PM 4,367 Views 24 Comments

The European Stability Mechanism has been downgraded by Moody’s, following a similar drop for France.

Fitch takes Ireland's credit rating off 'negative' watch list
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Fitch takes Ireland's credit rating off 'negative' watch list

Nov 14th 2012, 6:44 PM 7,976 Views 50 Comments

Ireland’s credit rating is still only BBB+, but Fitch says it’s no longer expecting to downgrade us again.

Moody's downgrades 15 major banks
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Moody's downgrades 15 major banks

Jun 22nd 2012, 9:39 AM 2,354 Views 7 Comments

Moody’s said the mass downgrade reflected the banks’ ability repay their debts.

Fitch: Yes vote removes uncertainty, but return to markets still 'unclear'
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Fitch: Yes vote removes uncertainty, but return to markets still 'unclear'

Jun 5th 2012, 8:34 AM 1,722 Views 19 Comments

The ratings agency says approving the Fiscal Compact removes a risk, but doesn’t guarantee a return to the markets.

Moody's in mass downgrade of 16 Spanish banks
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# Debt Crisis

Moody's in mass downgrade of 16 Spanish banks

May 18th 2012, 7:51 AM 1,268 Views 12 Comments

The ratings agency raised fears over the “creditworthiness” of the country and its ability to support its banks.

Fitch downgrades UK outlook to negative
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Fitch downgrades UK outlook to negative

Mar 15th 2012, 12:18 PM 814 Views 1 Comment

The nation has held onto its AAA rating but has been warned it could lose its top rating if cut-backs are eased.

Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating
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# Eurozone

Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating

Jan 27th 2012, 6:39 PM 4,094 Views 16 Comments

Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia have all been downgraded by the American ratings agency.

Ratings agency may downgrade Ireland - and 5 other eurozone countries
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Ratings agency may downgrade Ireland - and 5 other eurozone countries

Dec 16th 2011, 6:07 PM 3,251 Views 37 Comments

Fitch ratings agency has this evening said it is considering downgrading Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Cyprus by one or two notches.

Parent banks of National Irish and ACC downgraded by Fitch
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Parent banks of National Irish and ACC downgraded by Fitch

Dec 15th 2011, 9:27 AM 1,432 Views 3 Comments

Danske Bank and Rabo Bank are two of five European banks to be downgraded overnight by the ratings agency Fitch.

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states
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Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states

Dec 12th 2011, 9:02 AM 1,227 Views 14 Comments

Moody’s follows the lead of Standard & Poor’s, complaining about “the absence of measures to stabilise credit markets”.

S&P downgrades major US banks
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S&P downgrades major US banks

Nov 30th 2011, 3:04 PM 1,515 Views 10 Comments

The agency’s latest credit ratings downgrades include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.

Germany leading plans for six-country 'elite bonds' - report
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Germany leading plans for six-country 'elite bonds' - report

Nov 28th 2011, 10:01 AM 3,059 Views 44 Comments

A report in the ‘Welt on Sonntag’ newspaper says six AAA-rated countries are contemplating plans for common bonds.

Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches
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Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches

Oct 5th 2011, 8:09 AM 247 Views 3 Comments

The agency cuts its rating of Italy for the first time in two decades – as fears continue over over the viability of the Eurozone.

Moody's downgrades two French banks
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Moody's downgrades two French banks

Sep 14th 2011, 10:36 AM 90 Views 0 Comments

In a widely anticipated move, the credit ratings agency has downgraded Société Générale and Crédit Agricole over fears of the banks’ potential exposure to Greek debt.

Don't worry: US VP heads to China after criticism over downgrade
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Don't worry: US VP heads to China after criticism over downgrade

Aug 17th 2011, 9:51 AM 143 Views 1 Comment

China was less than kind about the US’s recent downgrading by Standard & Poor’s.

How did ratings agencies become so powerful? Trains and recessions, that’s how
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How did ratings agencies become so powerful? Trains and recessions, that’s how

Aug 13th 2011, 3:35 PM 1,255 Views 11 Comments

In the aftermath of the debt downgrade, people are wondering how S&P and the likes became so powerful. Here’s the answer.

Column: Amid unnerved stock markets, it’s time to give NAMA a chance
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Column: Amid unnerved stock markets, it’s time to give NAMA a chance

Aug 8th 2011, 8:28 PM 39 Views 3 Comments

Nick Leeson believes NAMA is a “necessary evil”, but says it’s time to jettison those developers who can’t work with the agency.

Column: Portugal and Ireland have much in common… and we both need a leg-up
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Column: Portugal and Ireland have much in common… and we both need a leg-up

Jul 25th 2011, 7:00 PM 459 Views 10 Comments

On a visit to Portugal, former trader Nick Leeson finds a country that will find it more difficult to recover than Ireland – and shows that Moody’s got our credit rating dive wrong.

Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world...again
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# New Low

Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world...again

Jul 14th 2011, 9:46 AM 293 Views 3 Comments

Fitch has given Greece a CCC rating, following on from other credit rating agencies last month.

Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world
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Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world

Jun 14th 2011, 8:02 AM 630 Views 12 Comments

Standard & Poor’s drops Greece another three notches and says any restructure will be considered a sovereign default.

Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop
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# Bill Auction

Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop

Aug 26th 2010, 1:04 PM 196 Views 0 Comments

What do Moody's ratings mean anyway?
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What do Moody's ratings mean anyway?

Jul 19th 2010, 11:44 AM 411 Views 0 Comments

A bluffer’s guide to credit ratings and their impact.