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  • 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.

  • Jean-Michel Carayon, senior vice-president of the Moody's corporate finance group, discusses the optimism behind the ratings agency's report that shows upgrades to EMEA non-financial corporates outnumbered downgrades in the first quarter of 2014.

  • S&P downgrades Brazil to near-junk     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    S&P downgraded cut Brazil's credit rating to one notch above junk, citing weak growth and rising debt levels.

  • Sarah Carlson, vice-president and senior credit officer for the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's, says there is concern about long-term competitiveness and growth prospects in France.

  • US debt ceiling issue 'off the table': Fitch     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, explains that it has removed the U.S. from negative watch because of improvements in the country's fiscal picture.

  • Sanctions to weigh on Russian economy: Fitch     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, discusses the impact sanctions will have on the Russian economy and says risks to the country's outlook are to the downside.

  • Puerto Rico credit in dire situation: CEO     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    Alexandra Lebenthal, Lebenthal & Co. president & CEO, discusses the S&P's move to downgrade Puerto Rico's general obligation debt to junk status and if other creditors, like Moody's, will follow suit.

  • Why Moody's downgrade won't hurt Sony     Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 10:52 PM ET

    Atul Goyal, Senior Analyst at Jefferies, says Moody's downgrade of Sony won't affect the company's ability to raise debt, but it could impact its profitable insurance business.

  • Steffen Dyck, Assistant Vice President and Analyst of the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service, explains how Thailand's unrest has already been factored into its sovereign rating.

  • Is the Dutch downgrade justified?     Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 11:05 AM ET

    Philippe Gudin, head of euro area economics at Barclays, says he is "surprised" at the timing of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgrade of the Netherlands, as he expects a rebound in growth next year.

  • Risk of complacency in euro zone: S&P     Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 5:35 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign ratings officer at Standard and Poor's (S&P), says the euro zone, and France, needs to continue its structural reforms, and explains why the European Central Bank stress tests are important.

  • Dutch downgrade due to growth potential: S&P     Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 5:15 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign ratings officer at Standard and Poor's (S&P), explains that the Netherlands was downgraded because of its growth potential, but that it has a stable ratings outlook due to its policy commitment.

  • Dutch economy is 'pretty solid': Economist     Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, says that while the Netherlands needs to implement further reforms, its economy is still "pretty solid."

  • Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister, says he takes the S&P ratings downgrade of the Netherlands "seriously".

  • Bear Stearns liquidators sue Moody's, S&P, Fitch Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    The liquidators of two Bear Stearns hedge funds filed a lawsuit on Monday against the three major U.S. rating agencies.

  • Marco Patuano, CEO of Telecom Italia, says its Brazilian business is a "core asset" and says the group has a lot of investment to do in the future.

  • France S&P downgrade: Does it matter?     Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Richard Kelly, head of European rates and FX research at TD Securities, explains that the main takeaway from S&P's French downgrade is that the country has been moved to a stable outlook.

  • Will US political battles threaten dollar?     Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 7:14 PM ET

    Kathy Lien, Managing Director of FX Strategy, BK Asset Management says the dominance of the U.S. dollar in global trade won't be challenged by Washington's fiscal battles.