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INTERACTIVE: Credit Ratings From Around the World

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

While the U.S. stock market appears to be rebounding a bit following one of the biggest single-day drops in the history of the Dow Jones, the long-ter...

S and P and Tea

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Debt Downgrade and Default: Uncovering the Bipartisan Truth.

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Natalie Pace

There are three distinct outcomes on the table for the U.S. credit rating, according to Standard and Poor's, and each scenario is tied directly to the actions of the leadership in the White House and Congress.

Credit Rating Agencies Triggered Financial Crisis, Report Finds

Reuters | Rachelle Younglai and Sarah N. Lynch | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

April 13, 2011 11:36:28 PM By Rachelle Younglai and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moody's Corp and Standard and Poor's triggered the wor...

Investors Wait To See If Japan's Quake Will Trigger Catastrophe Bonds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LONDON (By Sarah Mortimer) March 11 - Eight catastrophe bond transactions totaling over a $1 billion could leave financial investors exposed to insure...

Corporations Spending Again, But Job Growth Still Uncertain

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a sign that the pace of recovery could be quickening, corporations are starting to spend money. After the recession prompted many companies to pad...

Home Value Sinking Fastest At Those Priced Lowest

The New York Times | Floyd Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DURING the great housing bubble, it was the least expensive homes whose prices went up the most. And now it is those homes that are suffering the most...

Beware of Financial Firms Bearing Advice on Social Security

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Merton and Joan Bernstein

There is more to life than profits. Standard and Poor's and other advocates of free enterprise would serve it better by recognizing the indispensable ameliorating role of social insurance.

Corporate Profits Soared From Layoffs, Cuts

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Corporate America finished the second quarter with "near-historic" profits, largely by cutting costs, laying off employees and streamlining operations...

9/11, Financial Crisis, Church Sex Scandal? Imagine That!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

I'm sure there are plenty of unimaginable things in the Universe, though it's impossible to imagine what they are. But flying a plane into a building, the crash of a financial system and sex abuse by priests, we can safely say, aren't among them.

How the Bond Raters Took Over the World

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Samuels

Not only do bond rating agencies rate countries and businesses, but they also rate universities, and a careful examination of their rating reports shows that their seemingly neutral analysis is often full of neoliberal beliefs.

Fix Banking Sector In Six Steps | Roger Lowenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Financial reform seems to be flailing. Legislation has been proposed, but it is complicated and diffuse. Most of the proposed fixes are incremental ch...

Help Us Investigate Rating Agencies

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Adam Clark Estes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund continuing to report on the causes and consequences of the financial crisis. Ben Protess, who published the fir...

Despite Financial Crisis, Credit Rating Agencies Skirt Overhaul | DAVID SEGAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When the financial crisis began, few players on Wall Street looked more ripe for reform than the Big Three credit rating agencies... So as Washing...

Is Strong Wrong ... Or Weak Right?

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

The bull-bear debate rages on, but no two ways about it: the bull has firmly grabbed the Wall Street reins. The bears are still out there hollering fire, but the fact of life is no one is paying any attention to the dire warnings.

Half Measures and Lukewarm "Reform" Won't Save the Middle Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Let's hope that when Obama speaks Congress he outlines not only a bold program to provide health care for all Americans, but also a set of proposals to lift the middle class out of its currently dismal economic condition.