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Moody's Report on Charter Schools Misses the Real Problem

Mashea Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mashea Ashton

Public charter schools have long been the scapegoat for traditional public schools' woes. Moody's report follows the usual line of reasoning: charter schools have seen increasing enrollment, which means students are leaving traditional public schools. Because the students are leaving, those schools are losing funding, and they are struggling to stay open.

Boom, Bust and the Indian Economy

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

With elections due in mid-2014, India's politicians are temporarily more mindful of angry voters than of miffed investors. After that, it will be business as usual.

Moody's Is Right, and Wrong About Higher Education

R. Barbara Gitenstein | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
R. Barbara Gitenstein

The credit reporting agency's perennial gloomy forecast underscores the challenge academic leaders face daily: preserving excellence while a still-limping economy exerts downward pressure on revenues from virtually every source.

Moody's May Face Lawsuit Too, Sources Say

Reuters | Posted 02.07.2013 | Business

By Aruna Viswanatha and Luciana Lopez (Reuters) - The Justice Department and multiple states are discussing also suing Moody's Corp for defrauding...

Buffett May Have Just Lost $300 Million

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business

Warren Buffett claims to follow his advice to "never invest in a business you cannot understand." But a few years ago, the billionaire investor ad...

Local Governments' Financial Woes Putting Retirees' Benefits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

By Joan Gralla July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. states and localities have run up more than $2 trillion of unfunded pension liabilities, Moody'...

Good For Business, Less So For Everyone Else

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

As if hospital costs weren't high enough, prices may be about to ratchet up further in some locales. More U.S. hospitals are joining forces to weat...

Moody's Analyst Blows Whistle On Mortgage Debt Ratings, Allegedly Gets Pay Cut

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business

* Ilya Eric Kolchinsky may pursue retaliation claim * Moody's wins dismissal of defamation, other claims * Kolchinsky we...

Moody's Downgrades Top French Banks

Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

Ratings agency Moody's downgraded the debt of BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA), Societe Generale (SOGN.PA), and Credit Agricole (CAGR.PA) on Friday, citing deter...

Moody's: Crisis Puts EU Sovereign Ratings At Risk

Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

Moody's Investors Service warned on Monday the rapid escalation of the euro zone sovereign and banking crisis threatens the credit standing of all Eur...

Moody's Cuts Italy's Bond Rating

Posted 12.04.2011 | Business

Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday cut Italy's bond ratings by three notches, saying it sees a "material increase" in funding conditions for euro zo...

Moody's: Outlook For Local Governments Still Negative

Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

Even though the recession officially ended more than two years ago, the still-weak U.S. economy and a pullback in federal support means the outlook fo...

Amanda Terkel

Eric Cantor's District May Lose AAA Credit Rating | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moody's Investors Service is warning 162 local governments that they risk a downgrade of their AAA credit rating because of the federal ...

William Alden

Analyst: Rating Agencies Don't Deserve Government Blessing | William Alden | Posted 09.26.2011 | Business

With federal lawmakers battling over a deal to give the U.S. government more borrowing authority, major credit rating agencies have lent a sense of ur...

William Alden

U.S. Credit Downgrade Could Spark 'Turmoil' | William Alden | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

Major credit rating agencies have called the reliability of American government debt into question, warning that they could issue a punishing series o...

William Alden

Italy Crisis, Ireland Downgrade Intensify Euro Nightmare | William Alden | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

The European debt crisis is escalating. Investors' fears that financial strain in Greece might spread to other nations garnered potent confirmation...

William Alden

Rating Agencies Repeatedly Caved To Banks' Demands And Helped Cause Crisis, Report Finds | William Alden | Posted 06.14.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The major credit rating agencies repeatedly sold out to Wall Street banks, so addicted to short-term profits that they sacrificed the accu...

Moody's Expresses Concerns Over U.S. Debt

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If the U.S. doesn't reduce its deficit, the consequences could be dire, two groups of experts warn. The ratings agency Moody's, whose judgments affec...

William Alden

'Corporate Bloodletting' Subsides As Default Rate Returns To Pre-Crisis Levels | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Good news for corporations and the people who lend them money: The corporate default rate will likely drop to a pre-crisis level by year's end, accord...

Moody's Issues Major Report on University Finances

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bob Samuels

While the University of California is reducing enrollments and faculty positions, it continues to increase its holdings in private equity and real estate; meanwhile, the university has taken on a record level of debt

John Paulson Defends His Toxic CDOs by Insulting Everyone's Intelligence

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

There are countless ways to discredit Paulson's recent statements, just as there are countless ways to discredit his claim that he operated in "good faith."

Shahien Nasiripour

Moody's Slapped With Subpoena: Credit Rating Agency Not Cooperating With Crisis Investigators | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The panel created to investigate the roots of the financial crisis slapped credit rating agency Moody's Corp. with a subpoena Wednesday for failing to...

Enron, CDOs and BP - Outsourcing Due Diligence

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

Enron, Collateralized Debt Obligations, and BP. From my perspective the common link is that Congress abdicated its responsibilities for oversight to organizations and agencies that were hopelessly riddled with conflicts of interest.

Illinois' Credit Rating Facing Big Hit After Passing Debt-Heavy Budget

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois's long-term credit rating was put on watch by Moody's Investors Services after lawmakers adopted a budget that includes $3.5 billion in short...

Ratings Agencies, To Blame For Some Of The Crisis, Could Now Benefit

Huffington Post via WSJ | Julie Satow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Federal Reserve is in the uncomfortable position of rewarding those who helped cause the financial crisis. The government's latest rescue effort ...