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  • S&P downgrades Puerto Rico to CCC+ from B Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 9:51 AM ET
    A man walks past a vacant building in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Standard & Poor's downgraded Puerto Rico's general obligation rating to "CCC+" from "B" in a Monday morning announcement.

  • Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:56 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings has lowered Japan's credit rating as the country continues to wrestle with staggering debt. Japan's debt is the largest among developed nations and more than twice the size of its economy. Fitch said Monday that Japan's main credit and rating weakness is due to its high and rising level of government debt.

  • Fitch downgrades Japan, warns on fiscal policy Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:55 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan's credit rating by one notch, the agency said on Monday.

  • TOKYO, April 27- Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan's credit rating by one notch after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year's budget to offset a delay in a sales tax increase, the agency said on Monday. Fitch cut its rating on Japan by one notch to A, which is five notches below the top AAA rating. Last year Moody's Investors Service downgraded Japan to...

  • Struggling Atlantic City area takes another hit Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    People walk on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Nov. 8, 2014.

    The county where struggling Atlantic City sits led the U.S. in foreclosures in the first quarter, pressuring its credit rating.

  • Why iron-ore won’t snatch Australia’s AAA Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    Iron-ore's plunge has put Western Australia's credit rating under pressure, but that's not likely to imperil Australia's AAA just yet, analysts said.

  • These iron ore players face metal fatigue: Goldman Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 8:43 PM ET
    Bars of pig iron sit on the dockside ahead of export at the Port of Mariupol, one of Ukraine's biggest commercial sea ports, in Mariupol, Ukraine.

    Iron ore's price plunge is likely to start claiming corporate casualties among the industry's smaller players, Goldman Sachs said.

  • S&P on Greece: ‘It’s a race against the clock’ Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in Athens.

    One day after a credit rating downgrade by S&P, a leading figure at the agency has detailed his concerns about the lack of progress between Greece and its creditors.

  • S&P cuts Greece rating, outlook 'negative' Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:56 PM ET
    The national flag of Greece and the flag of the European Union fly above a government building in Athens.

    Standard & Poor's on Wednesday cut Greece's credit rating from "CCC+" from B- with a negative outlook, citing liquidity pressures.

  • Brazil rating outlook cut by Fitch on rising debt Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 11:53 AM ET
    Rio's iconic Maracana Stadium lit at dusk behind a shanytown.

    Fitch Ratings lowered its outlook for Brazil's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings to "negative" from "stable."

  • Thumbs up: Moody's upgrades India's credit outlook Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:20 AM ET
    Construction site in India

    Moody's Investors Service raised the outlook on India's Baa3 credit rating to "positive" from "stable" on Thursday.

  • Euro zone deflation top risk for world ratings: Fitch Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:37 AM ET
    Price reductions in Berlin, Germany

    Deflation in the euro zone is a bigger risk to credit ratings across the world than the fall in the price of oil, Fitch Ratings reported Monday.

  • S&P maintains Brazil's ratings with stable outlook

    Joydeep Mukherji, Head of Sovereign Ratings in Latin America and the Caribbean at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, explains the decision to maintain Brazil's investment-grade credit rating.

  • Fitch downgrades Greece to 'CCC' from 'B' Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 5:16 PM ET
    Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 11, 2015.

    The downgrade from Fitch came out earlier than the next scheduled review.

  • Fitch warns on high-yield debt   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 12:35 PM ET
    Fitch warns on high-yield debt

    Ed Eyerman, managing director at Fitch Ratings, talks about the company's latest report, which warns investors on buying into European high-yield debt.

  • Bank probes a ‘way of life’ as HSBC inquiry looms Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    Bank inquiries have become a “way of life” in the UK, S&P says, after British lawmakers said they planned to investigate HSBC over tax evasion claims.

  • Malaysia, brace for a rating cut by Fitch: HSBC   Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 8:23 PM ET
    Malaysia, brace for a rating cut by Fitch: HSBC

    Andre De Silva, Head of Asia-Pacific Rates at HSBC, says the delay of a loan payment by state-owned investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad sets the stage for a downgrade in Malaysia's rating by Fitch.

  • US probes Moody's over mortgage ratings: Report Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Turnagain Arm on July 15, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Moody's Investors Service is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for some of its mortgage ratings, according to a report.

  • Could Russia see another 'junk' downgrade?   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Could Russia see another 'junk' downgrade?

    Luis Costa, head of CEEMEA FX and rates strategy at Citi, says that if oil continues to stay at low levels, it would be a "negative catalyst" for Russia's economy.

  • S&P explains its Russia downgrade   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 2:15 AM ET
    S&P explains its Russia downgrade

    S&P downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk. Frank Gill, senior director of European sovereign ratings at S&P, says the effect of the weak ruble on the banking sector was the reason behind this.