NEW YORK— Fitch Ratings Service downgraded Alcoa's credit rating to "junk" status on Friday, saying it thinks the company's leverage will stay high and aluminum prices and profitability will remain low. High levels of aluminum supplies have hurt Alcoa's prices, and the company has repeatedly cut its smelting capacity in response.» Read More
As the U.S. inches closer to a possible default, the already struggling municipal markets are feeling the pain, Bernard Beal, CEO of M.R. Beal & Company, told CNBC Tuesday.
Widely followed market strategist Dick Bove says that if the stalemate over the debt ceiling results in higher borrowing costs, the ripple effects will be severe.
As the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the country's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling approaches, investors should expect a downgrade—although it will probably only have a minor impact, said Thomas Lee, JPMorgan's chief U.S. equity strategist.
Stephen Walsh, CIO of Western Asset management, told CNBC Monday that it’s the borrowers at the lower end of investment grade that may suffer if there is a downgrade of U.S. debt.
The Federal Reserve maybe able to fund the U.S. government if no deal to raise the debt ceiling is reached.
How to pick the best sectors in an uncertain market, with Pankaj Patel, Credit Suisse.
A job loss can be devastating to a family's finances. Your "Plan B" might be starting your own business, going back to school or training for a new career while looking for a new job. How do you begin?
Discussing whether credit agencies wield too much influence, with Win Thin, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Andrew Busch, Money in Motion.
The debate has lasted longer and has been more intractable than anyone has expected, says John Chambers, S&P managing director.
Weighing in on what a downgrade of U.S. bond ratings will mean to investors and the U.S. government, with Roger Altman, Evercore Partners founder/chairman.
Moody's is punishing the wrong EU member by downgrading Ireland, Wilbur Ross Jr., CEO of WL Ross & Co., told CNBC Wednesday. If Moody's "downgrades enough people recklessly, nobody will be able to access the public markets in 2013. I think it's a ridiculous idea."
Ireland is the "one good student in the pool," says Wilbur Ross, Jr., WL Ross & Co. chairman/CEO, who continues to say Moody's is punishing Ireland at this point, making it harder for Ireland to access the public market.
One might argue that Greece technically defaulted when it could no longer borrow money from the capital markets to meet its obligations. Much like optimistic children who faithfully believe new sneakers make them run faster, the European Central Bank has engaged in fiscal gimmicks to delay the inevitable.
CNBC's David Faber reports equity investors in the US. look overseas for investment clues, as Portugal's bonds are downgraded to junk status.
Though rating agencies have warned that they would cut Greece's credit rating to default levels if a Greek rollover debt occurred, this would not trigger any credit default swap payout, David Geen, general counsel of the International Swaps and Defaults Association, told CNBC Tuesday.
CNBC's Eamon Javers details what would happen to investors if U.S. Treasurys lost their triple-A rating.
Privately, European officials and analysts have been complaining that the bulk of the main rating agencies – two out of three – are based in the US and not always objective when it comes to rating European countries. In Asia and Europe, officials are looking for solutions.
Cyprus has become the latest victim of the financial crisis in neighboring Greece after its credit rating was downgraded by ratings agency Fitch Tuesday.
Belgium became the latest small European nation to come under the cloud of having its credit ratings outlook cut on Monday. As rating agencies themselves are increasingly criticized, is this the threat it once was?
The credit ratings of some of the UK’s largest banks could be slashed because of worries about what will happen when the government stops propping them up, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.