Credit Ratings


  • Debt Debate Was Messy, but Worth It: Economist Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 5:15 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    So markets finally have a deal on the US debt ceiling, and it has been passed by the House of Representatives, but was all the fighting over how to cut spending really worth it?

  • How Long Will a Slowdown Last for US?     Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 6:20 PM ET

    Don Luskin, Chief Investment Officer at Trend Macrolytics, says the soft spot in the economy will last for several quarters, whereas Larry Kantor, Managing Director and Head of Research at Barclays Capital, expects to see a lift in September now with the debt ceiling raised.

  • WOTS Now: Growth on the Rocks?     Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on economic growth, and the impact the debt deal will have on defense and health care stocks.

  • 'Selective Default' Only Solution to US Debt: CIO Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 6:42 AM ET

    The U.S. should choose to default instead of delaying the inevitable by raising the debt ceiling without dealing with the crux of the financial problems, David Murrin, chief investment officer at Emergent Asset Management told CNBC Monday.

  • Following the last-minute debt deal agreed by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, one strategist is predicting the rating agencies should downgrade US debt by two notches.

  • Obama Accused of ‘Surrender’ as Debt Vote Looms Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 2:30 AM ET

    On a weekend of high drama, President Barack Obama finally managed to get congressional leaders on both sides of the political divide to agree on a compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating default.

  • Debt Deal Is Meaningless     Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 | 11:00 PM ET

    Kumar Palghat, Director at Kapstream, compares the raising of the debt ceiling in the U.S. to an extension of a credit card limit. He believes this will cause a lot of headaches and uncertainty for the markets.

  • Jens Lauschke, Interest Rate Economist at DBS Group Research, says the U.S. debt deal will remove uncertainties from markets but it's not substantial enough to avert a possible rating downgrade and he maintains a negative outlook on the U.S. dollar.

  • Expect Downgrade of US Sovereign Rating     Sunday, 31 Jul 2011 | 7:10 PM ET

    Ajay Kapur, Head of Equity Strategy, Asia at Deutsche Bank, says U.S. politicians would pull together a debt deal at the last minute, but still he expects the S&P to downgrade the U.S. longer-term sovereign rating.

  • Debt Ceiling Impasse Rattles Short-Term Credit Markets Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 10:47 AM ET

    The reverberations of Washington’s impasse over a debt deal are already being felt in the short-term credit markets, a key artery of the economy that daily supplies trillions of dollars of credit the New York Times reports.

  • US Debt Talks Still in a Limbo     Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 10:00 PM ET

    Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital Investors, believes there is a an 80% chance of U.S. credit rating downgrade even if the House & Senate comes to an agreement at the eleventh hour.

  • Across Wall Street, bankers and traders—including company executives—are aggravated that the Fed "is refusing to engage in scenario planning for a US downgrade or default," the FT reports.

  • US Downgrade Good for Dollar? Don't Rule It Out Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 2:36 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    When "the dollar is the reserve currency underpinning the system, waking up to discover that U.S. debt may not be AAA after all is surely a market event,” says an analyst at one European bank.

  • What Happens If the US Is Downgraded? Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Politicians in Washington, D.C. finally agreed on a deal that would extend the ability of the government to borrow money beyond August—preventing a default on  or other obligations.But even with the U.S. debt ceiling raised, a short-term deal that does little to raise revenue or cut spending might result in a downgrade of the country's long-term debt. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s might decide that the failure to produce a longer-term solution to the U.S. debt burden indicates that the country's

    You might be surprised by some of the possible answers. Click ahead to see what happens if the U.S. credit rating is downgraded.

  • Mayors: Deadlock & Downgrades     Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 1:20 PM ET

    Discussing the impact a downgrade on U.S. credit would have on cities across America, with Mayor Ron Littlefield, (D) Chattanooga, TN; Mayor Michael Coleman, (D) Columbus, Ohio, and Mayor Greg Fischer, (D) Louisville, KY.

  • An Interview With S&P's Global Head of Sovereign Ratings Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 11:03 AM ET

    Last night, I spoke with David Beers, head of S&P's sovereign debt rating committee on CNBC’s Kudlow Report. He made it very clear: the U.S. must take steps to lower its debt/GDP trend over the long run.

  • Congress Grills Credit Rating Firms     Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 11:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson has the details from Capitol Hill on the role of major credit rating agencies in the U.S. debt ceiling debate.

  • Feldstein: Debt Ceiling Discussion     Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 4:30 PM ET

    Martin Feldstein, Council of Economic Advisors former chairman, weighs in on the debate over raising the debt ceiling and what it means to the U.S. economy.

  • The Debt Crisis and Mortgage Rates Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 3:25 PM ET
    home loans

    As we edge ever closer to next Tuesday, August 2nd, those of us who cover the housing market are trying to figure out what this will mean to mortgage interest rates. They are currently bouncing around historic lows and have been for some time. Refinances are surging, as the seven people left who haven't yet refied are scrambling to do so. But are we all worried over nothing?

  • Triple-A Rated Debt Threat: Potential Winners Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 3:19 PM ET

    Which sovereigns are the potential winners of the U.S. debt crisis?

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