Credit Ratings


  • 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.

  • 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.