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  • Moody's Could Cut UK Banks' Ratings Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 3:56 AM ET
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    The credit ratings of some of the UK’s largest banks could be slashed because of worries about what will happen when the government stops propping them up, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

  • Tarp Shows That US Can Break Political Deadlock Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 11:51 PM ET
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner.

    Not many things have emerged from the quagmire of US Congress recently which have produced a truly pleasant surprise. But could the troubled asset relief programme - better known as Tarp - turn out to be one?

  • Commentary: Managing the Euro Zone's Fragility Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 1:35 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Why is Spain paying higher interest rates on its government debt than the UK? The answer to this question is illuminating: membership of a currency union makes a country fiscally fragile, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.

  • US Default Could Be Disastrous Choice for Economy Saturday, 23 Apr 2011 | 6:12 PM ET
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    The government now borrows about 42 cents of every dollar it spends. Imagine that one day soon, the borrowing slams up against the current debt limit ceiling of $14.3 trillion and Congress fails to raise it.

  • Poll: Should the U.S. Have a 'AAA' Rating? Friday, 22 Apr 2011 | 1:11 AM ET

    The U.S. is headed towards the next major budget battle between the Republicans and Democrats. On May 16th lawmakers will have to vote to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling or risk a default by the world's largest economy.

  • Just How Many Muni Defaults Are There? Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 12:35 PM ET
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    We're all used to hearing about how municipal bonds almost never, ever default.

  • Gross on the Downgrade Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    Gross on the Downgrade

    William Gross, PIMCO co-CIO & founder, with perspective on S&P's negative outlook on U.S. credit and what the downgrade means for the markets.

  • S&P Goes Negative and Finland is Frightening Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 9:50 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's lowered its outlook on the United States, kiwis fell, and Finland is frightening euro traders. Time for your Monday morning FX Fix.

  • The SEC Ranking Ratings Agencies: A Bad, Bad Idea Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 9:53 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Here’s my nomination for the worst recommendation by the Senate panel on the financial crisis: the proposal for the Securities and Exchange Commission to rate credit ratings agencies based on their “accuracy.”

  • And no, it's not Goldman Sachs. But he thinks these stocks are a buy.

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    "The outlandish scenario of a US debt downgrade is no longer the stuff of finance fiction," says the head researcher at at SocGen.