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# Standard & Poor's

All time
# Unexpected
Credit ratings agency upgrades Ireland, outlook now positive
Some good news for the economy this morning…
# Credit Ratings
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.”
# Credit Rating
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.”
# Italy
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.
# Eurozone
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.
# Rain on our parade
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.
UK to keep triple-A rating, says Standard & Poor's
The good news comes despite a slip into recession earlier this year.
# Moody's
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.
# Recession
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.
# Downgrade
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’.
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.
# Downgrade
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.
# Moody's
Safe: Moody's says it will maintain France's AAA rating
It follows Standard & Poor’s downgrade of France and others on Friday.
# Eurozone
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.
# Eurozone
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.
# Downgrade
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.
# Daily Fix
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…
# Review 2011
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.
# Credit Ratings
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”.
# On notice
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.
# Power Struggle
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.
Lucky you: France will keep its AAA rating, says S&P
Concerns had been raised over exposure to Greek debt and zero economic growth.
# China
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.
# Ratings Agency
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.
# Insider Trading
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.
# Downgraded
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.
# Junk
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.
# Junk
Department of Finance 'disappointed' by Ireland's junk status
Moody’s decision to downgrade appears to indicate we’ll need a second bailout.
# Beratings
EU Commission criticises ratings agencies
Commission President Barroso suggests market “bias” against European countries because of agencies’ reports.
# Greece
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.
# Credit Ratings
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.
# Shock
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.
# 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
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.
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.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: April Fool's Day’s daily guide to what’s been going on for the last 24 hours: credit ratings, Cork visits and Kerry presidents?
# Eurozone
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.