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  • S&P downgrades Finland to AA+ from AAA Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    S&P downgrades Finland to AA+ from AAA.

    Standard & Poor's downgraded Finland's sovereign debt rating to AA-Plus from AAA on Friday, citing economic weak development.

  • Is Hong Kong's credit rating at risk?     Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    Andrew Colquhoun, Senior Director & Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereign Ratings at Fitch Ratings, discusses whether demonstrations will hurt the city's position as a financial center.

  • Is India close to a ratings upgrade? Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's revised its outlook on India's 'BBB-' sovereign credit rating, leading investors to question whether a ratings upgrade near.

  • Indebted Chinese firms face off with ratings agencies Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    Chinese companies hounded by debt obligations accrued over the past few years are grappling with global ratings agencies.

  • Regulation adds risk for UK banks: Moody's     Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Moody's Investors Service has put a negative outlook on the U.K. banking sector. Johannes Wassenberg, managing director at Moody's, explains that the changing regulatory framework will add pressure on U.K. lenders.

  • S&P cuts Argentina's credit rating further Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:05 PM ET
    Argentine Economic Minister Axel Kicillof is surrounded by members of the media as he arrives at an office to continue meetings with mediator Daniel Pollack in New York, July 30, 2014.

    Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on Argentina's foreign-currency sovereign debt.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Standard& Poor's said on Wednesday it had raised New York state's debt rating by one notch, putting it just under a top investment grade, due to the state government's stronger budgeting practices.

  • *Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.

  • Germany: S&P reaffirms AAA rating     Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    Germany's financial strength is "among one of the best" in the world explains Moritz Kraemer, chief rating officer for sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor's after the ratings agency reaffirmed the country's AAA rating.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico July 10- Puerto Rico's top finance officials said on Thursday that the U.S. commonwealth will step up efforts to explain a new restructuring law to investors after a series of ratings downgrades and a rout in the island's bonds effectively shut it out of markets.

  • Puerto Rico debt slumps on downgrades, new law Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:57 PM ET
    Signs of economic depression are visible in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Puerto Rico public corporation debt slumped after a new law that allows agencies to restructure their debts sparked fears of an imminent default.

  • S&P affirms Berkshire's ratings, upgrades outlook Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 2:56 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The agency affirmed Berkshire Hathaway's "AA/A-1+" counterparty credit and "AA+" for insurance financial strength and revised the outlook to stable.

  • Austria Fin Min: I don’t understand S&P warning Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Austria’s finance minister admitted he could not understand the reasoning behind Standard and Poor's' warning about the country’s banks.

  • S&P affirms US sovereign credit rating of 'AA+' Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Standard & Poor affirmed in a release the current AA+/A-1+ rating for U.S. sovereign credit and called the outlook "stable."

  • S&P ratings inflation suits sent to state courts Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    A federal judge ruled that litigation accusing S&P of inflating credit ratings before the 2008 financial crisis belongs in state courts.

  • Prospects for Italy and France in 2014     Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    James McCormack, global head of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, talks about the prospects for Italy and France for the rest of 2014.

  • Spain upgrade is fruit of reforms: S&P     Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's, says Spain's upgrade is the results of structural reforms implemented by the government.

  • Second time lucky for Ireland’s credit rating? Friday, 16 May 2014 | 1:06 AM ET

    Ireland hopes to garner a second credit rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service this Friday.

  • Why S&P downgraded Russia's credit rating     Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Christian Esters, senior director for sovereign ratings at Standard and Poor's Ratings Services, says the reasons behind Russia's credit rating downgrade include capital outflows and increased risks of slower growth.

  • Greece is 'not there yet': S&P's Kraemer     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at S&P, highlights that while Greece has achieved a lot, its economy below pre-crisis levels.