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American Exceptionalism and the New American Dream

David Bergstein | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
David Bergstein

America is great, and different, but it is becoming less exceptional, and at some point in the 21st century, it will not be exceptional at all.

11 Companies Warren Buffett Secretly Loves

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.11.2016 | Money
GOBankingRates

When it comes to his stock picks, marquee investor Warren Buffett is both stubborn and predictable. Here's who Buffett has been carrying a torch for, all these years.

Stocks Set Another Record

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business

* Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine * S&P 500 ends above 2,100 * Celsus shares plummet after drug fails s...

BOOM! Stocks Close At Record High

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

* Investors breathe easier on overseas issues * S&P helped by oil, hurt by AmEx decline * Indexes up: Dow 0.26 pct, S&P ...

SEC Chair Mary Jo White's Upcoming Test

Micah Hauptman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business
Micah Hauptman

The indications we've been given -- although no one is willing to state definitively what the final rule is likely to include -- suggest that we shouldn't get our hopes up that our chief concerns will be comprehensively or even meaningfully addressed. We hope we are reading those indications wrong.

Dead Funds Walking... But Not Talking

Dan Solin | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

It's unfortunate that investors pay little heed to that admonition. That's exactly how the mutual fund industry likes it.

Mark Gongloff

Another Pre-Crisis Wall Street Practice Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If you somehow missed out on all the fun of the last financial crisis, don't worry: We're apparently slowly building up to another one. The latest ...

How Ratings Agencies Helped Trigger The Financial Crisis

Rolling Stone | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business

It's long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents s...

Mark Gongloff

Credit Rating Agency Admits You Shouldn't Trust Its Credit Ratings

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

Here's yet another reason we may never trust credit-rating agencies again: One of the biggest of them has just suggested that we shouldn't. The rat...

U.S. Smacks Down S&P Request

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice opposed Standard & Poor's efforts to move a spate of lawsuits charging the ratings a...

S&P's Dire Warning For Europe

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business

BERLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - Standard and Poor's sees a high risk that Spain, Italy, Portugal and France will not be able to carry through necessary...

Dow Winning Streak Contineus

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged up on Wednesday, with the Dow rising for the ninth straight session to another record and the S&P 5...

The S&P Lawsuit Shouldn't Leave Investors Feeling Too Moody

Justin Cash | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Justin Cash

Animosity towards ratings agencies has resulted in the widespread distrust of their predictive capacities on the part of many in the world of finance. At best, many investors now see the ratings given by S&P et al. as meaningless posturing, and at worst as complete untruths.

Eleazar David Melendez

"This is going to end badly": S&P Analysts Saw Ratings Blowup Coming, Lawsuit Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business

In March 2007, as the subprime mortgage market was collapsing, an analyst at the bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s decided to lighten the mood ...

Feds, States To Charge S&P

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Federal and state prosecutors intend to bring civil charges against Standard & Poor's for wrongdoing in its rating of mortgage bonds...

Don't Ask: "Is It Different This Time?"

Dan Solin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

The most common question I get from readers of my books is: "I want to implement your index portfolios, but I have to consider the uncertainty in the financial world. When is the best time to invest?"

This Just In: Credit-Rating Agencies Still Plagued By Incompetency

Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

The credit-rating agencies are like a miserable long-term relationship: You desperately want to end it, but can't imagine life without it.

IMF To Eurozone: Cut Greece And Spain Some Slack

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

* IMF endorses giving Greece more time to meet targets * Germany says ditching debt-cutting goals hurts confidence * Dev...

Chicago Schools' Credit Rating Cut Yet Again Amid Budget Pressure In New Strike Deal

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

* Fitch downgrade adds to negative rating actions * Cites increased budget pressure in wake of teacher pact * Move follo...

'Something Went Haywire Somewhere'

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

* Huge volume in small stocks roils markets * Knight cites "technology issue" in market-making unit * Knight's stock plu...

Unexpected Collateral Damage From JPMorgan's Failed Bets

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business

By Carrick Mollenkamp and Cezary Podkul NEW YORK, June 14 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co's disastrous bets on corporate debt may hav...

S&P: 'Decisive Action' Necessary To Fix Europe

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2012 | Business

(Adds detail, quotes) NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) - European leaders can still contain the region's debt crisis and protect weaker econ...

Japan Downgraded

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business

* Yen weakens after Fitch downgrade, move seen brief * Fitch warns further downgrades possible * Says Japan's debt plan ...

Some Good News For Greece

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

ATHENS, May 2 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's raised Greece's credit rating to low-speculative grade on Wednesday, lifting it out of default territory...

Spanish Economy In 'Crisis Of Huge Proportions'

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

* S&P downgrades Spanish government debt * Unemployment rate rises more than expected * Retail sales continue to slide a...