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  • Told they had a $2 trillion error in their calculation, S&P roused several of its European committee members from bed for an emergency call. In the end, the decision remained: a downgrade for the U.S.'s Triple-A rating.

  • S&P Downgrades US Credit Rating to AA-Plus Saturday, 6 Aug 2011 | 12:36 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s triple-A credit rating to AA-plus late Friday and issued a negative outlook, meaning another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months.

  • Kate Kelly: S&P Downgrade Imminent?     Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Kelly says the government is bracing for a potential credit downgrade from the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. The downgrade, reports Kelly, may come as early as today. The agency has so far refused comment.

  • Downgrade Threat Affecting Treasurys' Appeal? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 6:47 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    With the threat of failure to reach a debt deal finally out of the way and the worsening global macroeconomic picture gripping investors, it has been a win- win for US Treasurys so far.

  • The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.

  • Will Italy Default?     Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 7:33 PM ET

    Discussing the threat of Italian bankruptcy, with David Malpass, Growpac.com, and Charles Dallara, Institute of International Finance.

  • When Central Banks Target Havens     Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 5:45 PM ET

    Where can investors hide when central banks target safe havens? Hens Nordvig, head of G10 Fx Strategy at Nomura, weighs in.

  • US Bonds Are the Riskiest Assets Today     Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 11:30 AM ET

    Don Amstad, Director - Asian Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management, says bond risk means lending money to insolvent governments. We should look at the emerging markets rather than the developed ones.

  • AAA Rating Is a Rarity in Business Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 8:24 AM ET

    Scores of big corporations have lost their AAA status in recent years, and it hasn't seemed to hurt them, so what's the big deal about the federal government losing such status, The New York Times reports.

  • Is Italian Bond Selloff Becoming Self-Fulfilling? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 7:34 AM ET

    Events on Wednesday could prove crucial to attempts to again come to grips with the European debt crisis, after Italian borrowing costs hit a 14-year high on Tuesday.

  • Altman: Slow Growth Ahead     Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 7:24 AM ET

    The nation is growing slowly, but will not likely go back into negative territory, says Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman & former deputy Treasury Secretary; with Wilbur Ross, WL Ross chairman/CEO.

  • US Debt Clashes to Continue, Downgrade Likely: Analysts Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 2:54 AM ET
    President Obama and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner

    The US is likely to see its debt downgraded by the credit rating agencies, despite the passage of a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling on Monday, analysts told CNBC.

  • Treasurys Among Riskiest Assets on the Planet: Analyst Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 2:13 AM ET

    U.S. Treasurys have rallied in recent days as worries about slowing growth have overtaken concerns about the sustainability of U.S. government debt. But one analyst says Treasurys are among the riskiest assets on the planet today and investors should look at Asian government bonds instead.

  • US Debt Default Will be Disastrous     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    David Kotok, chairman and CIO at Cumberland Advisors says a short-term debt default will be a catastrophe for the U.S.

  • McGraw-Hill: Activists Up the Ante     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:34 PM ET

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche has the details on activist investors trying to break up the book company.

  • Fitch: AAA in Play?     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:14 PM ET

    Is U.S. debt in danger of a downgrade? Discussing pending threats to the nation's triple A rating, with CNBC's David Riley, Fitch Ratings.

  • Risk of U.S. Debt Downgrade?     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 1:26 PM ET

    Discussing currency trends and where investor are seeking safe haven, with Win Thin, Brown Brothers Harriman, and CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • The War On S&P Has Begun Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 1:16 PM ET

    We're not convinced that if S&P were to lower its credit rating on the US it would have a big impact on rates.

  • The dollar will face months of weakness in the run up to the U.S elections next year, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy, HSBC told CNBC Tuesday

  • History Shows US Headed For Recession: Investor Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 7:47 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The current low rate of GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the United States indicates that the world's largest economy is headed for another recession, according to Anthony Doyle, Director of Investment Specialists M&G Investments.

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