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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 terri...

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 sli...

This May Have Wrecked Your Mutual Fund In 2011

AP | By MARK JEWELL | Posted 03.12.2012 | Money

BOSTON -- Managers of stock mutual funds had an unusually tough time beating the market last year, with fewer than one in five achieving that goal, a ...

Fiscal Adjustment: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Nearly all advanced economies plan to reduce their deficits this year. But if growth slows more than expected, some may feel inclined to preserve their short-term plans through additional tightening, even if hurts growth more.

S&P Warns It May Cut 'Highly Rated' G20 Countries On Healthcare Spending

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business

* Ratings of some developed nations at risk due to rising welfare costs * Rapidly ageing populations mean more healthcare costs in fu...

One Country That Won't Be Downgraded

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ratings agency Standard & Poor's sees no risk of a downgrade to Germany's AAA-rating for its sovereign debt this year...

Report: Agency Ramps Up Probe Into S&P During Financial Crisis

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business

Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Justice Department has stepped up its investigation of Standard & Poor's mortgage bond ratings during the financial crisi...

In Over Half Of U.S. States, Spending To Exceed Revenues

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

By Lisa Lambert Jan 9 (Reuters) - More than half the U.S. states will not have enough revenues to cover spending demands in the fiscal...

ECB Action Not Enough Save European Banks From S&P Downgrade Threat

Posted 12.23.2011 | Business

The half a trillion euros the European Central Bank pumped into the financial system buys hard-hit banks valuable time but will not in itself prot...

Big Banks Could Face Downgrade When S&P Updates Ratings

Posted 11.18.2011 | Business

Standard & Poor's plans to update its credit ratings for the world's 30 biggest banks within three weeks and may well mete out a few downgrades in...

EU Wants To Allow Investors To Sue Credit Rating Agencies

AP | GABRIELE STEINHAUSER | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

BRUSSELS — The European Union said Tuesday it wants to allow investors to sue credit rating agencies for compensation if they break EU regulatio...

EU: S&P French Rating Mistake 'A Very Serious Incident'

Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

An erroneous downgrade of French sovereign credit rating by Standard & Poor's rating agency on Thursday was a very serious incident and will have ...

Ford Posts A Profit For The Tenth Quarter In A Row

Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

(Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman) - Ford Motor Co posted lower third-quarter earnings after misjudging the threat of higher commodity costs and wri...

SEC Finds 'Apparent Failures' At 10 Credit Rating Agencies

Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff found "apparent failures" at each of the 10 credit rating agencies it exa...

SEC On Ratings Agencies: 'We Are Looking Hard At Them,' Despite Legal Challenges

Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission faces hurdles proving wrongdoing at credit-rating agencies, the agency's en...

S&P Official: U.S. Now Has 'Less Ability' To Stimulate Economy

Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

Standard & Poor's decision to strip the United States of its AAA rating suggests the country has less room to boost growth with fiscal spending, t...

S&P Reportedly Met With Bond Investors Before U.S. Downgrade

Posted 11.07.2011 | Business

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's officials privately met with large bond investors weeks before the firm's U.S. debt downgrade, leaving some belie...

Do Credit Ratings Still Have Meaning?

Bloomberg Businessweek | Zeke Faux and Jody Shenn | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business

Which is a safer investment: (A) Treasury bonds, backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, or (B) securities backed by subprime loan...

We Are Not AAA

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

I have received many emails and a few calls from friends, asking one question: What are the consequences of the downgrade? So I decided to put my thoughts on paper.

Head Of S&P To Step Down

AP | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business

AP NEW YORK -- The president of Standard & Poor's is stepping down, a decision coming only weeks after the rating agency's unprecedented move to st...

WATCH: Understanding The Credit Downgrade

Posted 10.19.2011 | Comedy

After the United States' credit was downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor's, many of us had the same question: "So, um, what does that mean ...

S&P Facing Justice Department Probe Over Improper Mortgage Ratings

AP | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is investigating whether the Standard & Poor's credit ratings agency improperly rated dozens of mortgage securiti...

Justice Department Investigating S&P Over Mortgage Ratings | LOUISE STORY | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage...

A Walk on the Wild Side at CNBC

Dan Solin | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Maybe U.S. based companies are doing "well," but we live in a global economy. Limiting investments to U.S. based companies deprives investors of opportunities in other countries and reduces their ability to diversify risk.

State Credit Ratings Across The Nation [MAP]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business

Other credit ratings agencies may have reaffirmed their faith in the United States' credit worthiness but the fallout from Standard and Poor's downgra...