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#Credit Ratings

# credit-ratings - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

# credit-ratings - Monday 11 February, 2013

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

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

Feb 11th 2013, 6:46 PM 7,859 Views 56 Comments

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

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 16 January, 2013

European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules

Jan 16th 2013, 5:06 PM 4,983 Views 20 Comments

Parliament voted in favour of the legislation today in a bid to improve the stability of financial markets.

# credit-ratings - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Eurozone's new bailout fund loses AAA credit rating
# Downgrade
# Downgrade

Eurozone's new bailout fund loses AAA credit rating

Dec 1st 2012, 12:50 PM 4,376 Views 24 Comments

The European Stability Mechanism has been downgraded by Moody’s, following a similar drop for France.

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Fitch takes Ireland's credit rating off 'negative' watch list
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Fitch takes Ireland's credit rating off 'negative' watch list

Nov 14th 2012, 6:44 PM 7,988 Views 50 Comments

Ireland’s credit rating is still only BBB+, but Fitch says it’s no longer expecting to downgrade us again.

# credit-ratings - Friday 22 June, 2012

Moody's downgrades 15 major banks
# Banks
# Banks

Moody's downgrades 15 major banks

Jun 22nd 2012, 9:39 AM 2,360 Views 7 Comments

Moody’s said the mass downgrade reflected the banks’ ability repay their debts.

# credit-ratings - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Fitch: Yes vote removes uncertainty, but return to markets still 'unclear'
# Bond Markets
# Bond Markets

Fitch: Yes vote removes uncertainty, but return to markets still 'unclear'

Jun 5th 2012, 8:34 AM 1,730 Views 19 Comments

The ratings agency says approving the Fiscal Compact removes a risk, but doesn’t guarantee a return to the markets.

# credit-ratings - Friday 18 May, 2012

Moody's in mass downgrade of 16 Spanish banks
# Debt Crisis
# Debt Crisis

Moody's in mass downgrade of 16 Spanish banks

May 18th 2012, 7:51 AM 1,274 Views 12 Comments

The ratings agency raised fears over the “creditworthiness” of the country and its ability to support its banks.

# credit-ratings - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Fitch downgrades UK outlook to negative
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Fitch downgrades UK outlook to negative

Mar 15th 2012, 12:18 PM 821 Views 1 Comment

The nation has held onto its AAA rating but has been warned it could lose its top rating if cut-backs are eased.

# credit-ratings - Friday 27 January, 2012

Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating
# Eurozone
# Eurozone

Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating

Jan 27th 2012, 6:39 PM 4,104 Views 16 Comments

Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia have all been downgraded by the American ratings agency.

# credit-ratings - Friday 16 December, 2011

Ratings agency may downgrade Ireland - and 5 other eurozone countries
# Eurocrisis
# Eurocrisis

Ratings agency may downgrade Ireland - and 5 other eurozone countries

Dec 16th 2011, 6:07 PM 3,263 Views 37 Comments

Fitch ratings agency has this evening said it is considering downgrading Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Cyprus by one or two notches.

# credit-ratings - Thursday 15 December, 2011

Parent banks of National Irish and ACC downgraded by Fitch
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Parent banks of National Irish and ACC downgraded by Fitch

Dec 15th 2011, 9:27 AM 1,437 Views 3 Comments

Danske Bank and Rabo Bank are two of five European banks to be downgraded overnight by the ratings agency Fitch.

# credit-ratings - Monday 12 December, 2011

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states

Dec 12th 2011, 9:02 AM 1,236 Views 14 Comments

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

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

S&P downgrades major US banks
# Banks
# Banks

S&P downgrades major US banks

Nov 30th 2011, 3:04 PM 1,525 Views 10 Comments

The agency’s latest credit ratings downgrades include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.

# credit-ratings - Monday 28 November, 2011

Germany leading plans for six-country 'elite bonds' - report
# Eurobonds
# Eurobonds

Germany leading plans for six-country 'elite bonds' - report

Nov 28th 2011, 10:01 AM 3,072 Views 44 Comments

A report in the ‘Welt on Sonntag’ newspaper says six AAA-rated countries are contemplating plans for common bonds.

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches
# Italy
# Italy

Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches

Oct 5th 2011, 8:09 AM 253 Views 3 Comments

The agency cuts its rating of Italy for the first time in two decades – as fears continue over over the viability of the Eurozone.

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Moody's downgrades two French banks
# France
# France

Moody's downgrades two French banks

Sep 14th 2011, 10:36 AM 95 Views 0 Comments

In a widely anticipated move, the credit ratings agency has downgraded Société Générale and Crédit Agricole over fears of the banks’ potential exposure to Greek debt.

# credit-ratings - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

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

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

Aug 17th 2011, 9:51 AM 153 Views 1 Comment

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

# credit-ratings - Saturday 13 August, 2011

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

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

Aug 13th 2011, 3:35 PM 1,259 Views 11 Comments

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

# credit-ratings - Monday 8 August, 2011

Column: Amid unnerved stock markets, it’s time to give NAMA a chance
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Amid unnerved stock markets, it’s time to give NAMA a chance

Aug 8th 2011, 8:28 PM 44 Views 3 Comments

Nick Leeson believes NAMA is a “necessary evil”, but says it’s time to jettison those developers who can’t work with the agency.

# credit-ratings - Monday 25 July, 2011

Column: Portugal and Ireland have much in common… and we both need a leg-up
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Portugal and Ireland have much in common… and we both need a leg-up

Jul 25th 2011, 7:00 PM 546 Views 10 Comments

On a visit to Portugal, former trader Nick Leeson finds a country that will find it more difficult to recover than Ireland – and shows that Moody’s got our credit rating dive wrong.

# credit-ratings - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world...again
# New Low
# New Low

Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world...again

Jul 14th 2011, 9:46 AM 302 Views 3 Comments

Fitch has given Greece a CCC rating, following on from other credit rating agencies last month.

# credit-ratings - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world
# Credit Ratings
# Credit Ratings

Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world

Jun 14th 2011, 8:02 AM 641 Views 12 Comments

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

# credit-ratings - Thursday 26 August, 2010

Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop
# Bill Auction
# Bill Auction

Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop

Aug 26th 2010, 1:04 PM 204 Views 0 Comments

# credit-ratings - Monday 19 July, 2010

What do Moody's ratings mean anyway?
# Irish Economy
# Irish Economy

What do Moody's ratings mean anyway?

Jul 19th 2010, 11:44 AM 422 Views 0 Comments

A bluffer’s guide to credit ratings and their impact.