Credit Ratings


  • 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?

  • Pain in Muni Markets Over Lack of Debt Deal: Beal CEO Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 2:22 PM ET

    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. 

  • Dick Bove: Ripple Effects of Debt Stalemate Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 8:34 PM ET

    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.

  • Could the Fed Rescue US From the Debt Ceiling? Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The Federal Reserve maybe able to fund the U.S. government if no deal to raise the debt ceiling is reached.

  • Talking Numbers: Measuring Earnings Risk     Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 4:40 PM ET

    How to pick the best sectors in an uncertain market, with Pankaj Patel, Credit Suisse.

  • Coping With Your Spouse's Unemployment Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 9:19 AM ET

    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?

  • Rating Agencies' Power Justified?     Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 1:43 PM ET

    Discussing whether credit agencies wield too much influence, with Win Thin, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Andrew Busch, Money in Motion.