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#Standard & Poor's

# standard-poors - Friday 12 July, 2013

Credit ratings agency upgrades Ireland, outlook now positive

Some good news for the economy this morning…

# standard-poors - Monday 11 February, 2013

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

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

# standard-poors - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

S&P faces US govt suit over mortgage bond ratings

The credit risk agency promised a vigorous defense, saying the looming lawsuit would be “entirely without factual or legal merit.”

# standard-poors - Monday 12 November, 2012

Italian prosecutor files charges against ratings agencies

The lawyer has brought charges against Standard & Poor’s and Fitch ratings agencies for downgrading Italy’s credit rating and helping to fuel the euro crisis.

# standard-poors - Thursday 11 October, 2012

S&P downgrades Spain two notches

Spain’s sovereign debt rating has been cut to just one level above “junk” grade debt – which could see Madrid’s borrowing costs skyrocketing to untenable levels.

# standard-poors - Thursday 2 August, 2012

S&P: Return to markets is promising - but we won't increase Ireland's rating

The return to the bond markets is “an indication of progress”, it says – but the cost of borrowing is still way too high.

# standard-poors - Saturday 28 July, 2012

UK to keep triple-A rating, says Standard & Poor's AAA

UK to keep triple-A rating, says Standard & Poor's

The good news comes despite a slip into recession earlier this year.

# standard-poors - Friday 13 July, 2012

Moody's downgrades Italy by two notches

The credit rating agency has downgraded the third largest eurozone economy just hours ahead of its latest bond sale.

# standard-poors - Friday 27 April, 2012

Bad day for Spain: Record unemployment AND a credit downgrade

Almost one quarter of the workforce is unemployed, according to the latest figures out today.

# standard-poors - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

S&P downgrades Greece into 'selective default' territory

The ratings agency demonstrates it can read, by officially acknowledging that Greece’s bond-swap is a ‘selective default’.

# standard-poors - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

EU bailout fund overcomes downgrade with successful bond auction

The EFSF sells six-month bills with an average interest rate of 0.2664 per cent – despite being downgraded yesterday.

# standard-poors - Monday 16 January, 2012

Bailout costs likely to rise after S&P downgrades EU fund

Standard & Poor’s downgrades the European Financial Stability Fund, meaning our future loans will probably cost us more.

Safe: Moody's says it will maintain France's AAA rating

It follows Standard & Poor’s downgrade of France and others on Friday.

# standard-poors - Sunday 15 January, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know on this Sunday morning…

Standard & Poor's defends mass European downgrade

The US-based credit rating agency has defended its decision after a sharp European backlash yesterday against its move to downgrade nine EU countries.

# standard-poors - Saturday 14 January, 2012

Rehn slams 'inconsistent' credit rating downgrade

The European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary affairs has strongly criticised yesterday’s decision by Standard & Poor’s, saying that member states had been taking “decisive action in all fronts” to stem the debt crisis.

# standard-poors - Friday 13 January, 2012

S&P runs riot in the eurozone: France loses AAA rating as Portugal turns to junk

A French downgrade is bad news for us, too – because Europe’s bailout fund is also likely to be downgraded by S&P.

The Daily Fix: Friday

In tonight’s fix: Downgrades for France – and difficulty for us? Plus: yet more rows over septic tanks, victory for workers at La Senza, and every presentation you’ve ever seen…

# standard-poors - Thursday 29 December, 2011

Recessions, downgrades and Super Mario - 2011: the year in money Review 2011 This post contains images

Recessions, downgrades and Super Mario - 2011: the year in money

2011 may be remembered in future as the year we sorted out the financial crisis – or the year in which it grew beyond our control.

# standard-poors - Monday 12 December, 2011

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states

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

# standard-poors - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

S&P puts whole of European Union on notice of possible downgrade

The rating agency’s latest move follows a similar measure imposed on most eurozone countries earlier this week.

# standard-poors - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know by 9am: FF prepares for crunch meeting on Áras, is Greece going to withdraw from the Euro?, and Europe’s women reveal their biggest turn-off…

# standard-poors - Tuesday 23 August, 2011

S&P boss steps down, weeks after unprecedented US downgrade

Deven Sharma, the president of Standard & Poor’s, will step down within a month after facing criticism for lowering the US’s rating.

# standard-poors - Thursday 18 August, 2011

Lucky you: France will keep its AAA rating, says S&P AAA

Lucky you: France will keep its AAA rating, says S&P

Concerns had been raised over exposure to Greek debt and zero economic growth.

# standard-poors - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

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

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

# standard-poors - Saturday 13 August, 2011

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

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

# standard-poors - Friday 12 August, 2011

US markets watchdog investigating alleged insider trading at S&P

The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly asking Standard & Poor’s to account for anyone who knew about the US downgrade.

# standard-poors - Saturday 6 August, 2011

Downgraded: US loses AAA credit rating for the first time ever

Standard & Poor’s decision makes it the first time the US’ credit rating has fallen below the highest level, AAA, which it has held since 1917.

# standard-poors - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

European Commission slams "incomprehensible" Moody's downgrade

Jose Manuel Barroso’s spokesman says the Commission can’t understand why Moody’s is taking such a dim view.

Department of Finance 'disappointed' by Ireland's junk status

Moody’s decision to downgrade appears to indicate we’ll need a second bailout.

# standard-poors - Wednesday 6 July, 2011

EU Commission criticises ratings agencies

Commission President Barroso suggests market “bias” against European countries because of agencies’ reports.

# standard-poors - Monday 4 July, 2011

Greece's second bailout is delayed - but payments will continue

A deal on a second bailout is deferred over disputes on how much help the private sector should have to offer.

# standard-poors - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world

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

# standard-poors - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Aer Lingus heads to LRC to avert flight cancellations; what US diplomats really thought of Ireland’s politicians and the girl stoned to the death because of a beauty contest.

Ireland can avoid a second bailout in 2012, says S&P

Some good news? Really? A senior director at Standard & Poor’s says we’ll be able to borrow without international help.

# standard-poors - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Poll: Have house prices REALLY hit rock bottom? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Have house prices REALLY hit rock bottom?

A report by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has good news and bad news about Irish property prices. But what do you think?

House prices hit rock bottom - but they won't rise again anytime soon

Standard & Poor’s said in a report that house prices in Ireland are currently at pre-2000 levels of affordability but it sees no sign of the market being active over the next couple of years.

# standard-poors - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

US government bonds put on 'negative' watchlist by S&P

The very benchmark of government financial reliability – the US Treasury bond – is given a talking-to by Standard & Poor’s.

# standard-poors - Friday 1 April, 2011

The Daily Fix: April Fool's Day

TheJournal.ie’s daily guide to what’s been going on for the last 24 hours: credit ratings, Cork visits and Kerry presidents?

# standard-poors - Friday 25 March, 2011

Portuguese bond yields soar after overnight debt downgrade

Portugal’s crisis is taking the shine off the EU summit in Brussels, where leaders have put the finishing touches to a “comprehensive package” in response to the financial crisis.

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