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  • Default risk leads to Moody's Venezuela downgrade Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 9:35 AM ET
    People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 9, 2015.

    Moody's lowered Venezuela's rating from Caa3 to Caa1 on Monday as the country's default risk rises on plummeting oil prices.

  • Russia's credit rating downgraded: Explanation   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Russia's credit rating downgraded: Explanation

    Last week, Fitch Ratings downgraded Russia's credit rating to 'BBB-'. Paul Rawkins, head of emerging Europe sovereign ratings at Fitch, explains that recent events such as the rapid decline in the oil price and the volatility of the Russian ruble contributed to the downgrade.

  • *Fitch and S&P have Russia one notch above junk. *Russia seeks to avert downgrade, says dangers exaggerated. The Fitch agency cut its rating on Russia to' BBB minus' from' BBB' on Friday, citing a significant deterioration in the country's economic outlook due to the slump in oil prices and falling value of the rouble.

  • Fitch cuts rating on Russia to 'BBB minus' Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    Jan 9- Fitch Ratings cut its rating on Russia to' BBB minus' from' BBB', citing significant deterioration in the country's economic outlook due to the slump in oil prices and falling value of the rouble. Fitch said the issue ratings on Russia's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been downgraded to' BBB minus' from' BBB'. Oil prices have fallen...

  • Fitch downgrades Russia to BBB-; outlook negative Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 4:12 PM ET
    An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at an office in Siberia in December, 2014.

    Fitch Ratings has downgraded Russia's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings to BBB- from BBB.

  • Don't sweat corruption in Vietnam: CIMB   Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET
    Don't sweat corruption in Vietnam: CIMB

    Michael Kokalari, Head of Vietnam Research at CIMB, says corruption woes are opportunity costs for investing in Vietnam and later outlines the factors that are working in the economy's favor.

  • Moody's cuts Alaska's outlook to negative on oil Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:57 PM ET
    Turnagain Arm on July 15, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday cut Alaska's outlook to negative from stable, citing the recent oil price weakness.

  • Philippines central bank: No need to hike rates   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:37 PM ET
    Philippines central bank: No need to hike rates

    Easing inflation and growth being one of the fastest in the region justify the central bank's decision to keep its key interest rate steady, says Amando Tetangco, Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

  • Why Fitch placed Japan on ratings watch negative   Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:07 PM ET
    Why Fitch placed Japan on ratings watch negative

    Andrew Colquhoun, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, says the justification to delay the sales tax hike was an "eyebrow raiser" and discusses the possibility of downgrading Japan's credit rating next year.

  • SEC pushing partial S&P rating suspension: Report Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    Standard & Poor's headquarters in the financial district of New York.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing to suspend Standard & Poor's from rating commercial mortgage bonds, according to a report.

  • Will low oil prices push Venezuela toward default? Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    Falling oil prices have side-swiped Venezuela's government finances, spurring default concerns, but it isn't clear if contagion effects will emerge.

  • Nikkei to breach 18,000: Expert   Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:14 PM ET
    Nikkei to breach 18,000: Expert

    Despite uncertainty over upcoming elections and a slow economic recovery, Jonathan Pain, Author of "The Pain Report" and Director of JP Consulting, says the stock market will go higher.

  • Moody's: Why we downgraded Japan   Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:04 PM ET
    Moody's: Why we downgraded Japan

    Thomas Byrne, SVP, Regional Credit Officer, Sovereign Risk Unit at Moody's, identifies the delay in the consumption tax and doubts over Abe's growth revival strategy as reasons for the agency's downgrade.

  • Not concerned about Japan downgrade: Pro   Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:16 PM ET
    Not concerned about Japan downgrade: Pro

    Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group, explains why he's still bullish on Japanese equities despite Moody's downgrade.

  • Moody's cuts Amazon outlook to 'negative' Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 12:19 PM ET
    An Amazon.com Inc. employee lifts a box from a conveyor at the company's fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif.

    Moody's cut its outlook on online retailer Amazon to 'negative,' prompted by the online retailer's announcement that it was issuing new debt.

  • Euro zone torpor hits German, French, Italian firms Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    The average company’s credit ratings has fallen in the three biggest euro zone economies over the last year, according to a new report.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25- South Africa's power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it needs a substantial injection of funds to ease a cash crunch and to avoid another credit downgrade as it struggles to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy. Eskom supplies virtually all power to South Africa. The government said last month it would inject 20 billion rand of...

  • Behind S&P's 'AA-/A-1+' rating on Japan   Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:31 PM ET
    Behind S&P's 'AA-/A-1' rating on Japan

    S&P has affirmed its "AA-/A-1+" rating on Japan, but the outlook remains negative. Kim Eng Tan, Senior Director at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, explains the decision.

  • ‘Double trouble’ for Russia; outlook 'darkens' Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Major countries’ credit ratings are under threat from falling oil prices and weaker global economic growth and Russia may be the most vulnerable.

  • S&P: Negative outlook for France's risky reform Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:52 PM ET
    Tourists take pictures under the rain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    Standard & Poor's cut its outlook for France to negative from stable on Friday, citing concerns about the country's economic recovery.