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  • Moody's U.S. Bond Rating on Review     Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 7:06 AM ET

    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 Downgrade Punishes Ireland: Wilbur Ross Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

    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."

  • Moody's Cuts Ireland to Junk     Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 8:00 AM ET

    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.

  • Rating Agencies Are the Least of Europe’s Problems Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 10:25 AM ET
    View over the caldera of Santorini in Greece.

    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.

  • Faber Report: Moody's Cuts Portugal to Junk     Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 9:18 AM ET

    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.

  • Treasury Investors Face Losses?     Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 11:31 AM ET

    CNBC's Eamon Javers details what would happen to investors if U.S. Treasurys lost their triple-A rating.

  • Asia, Europe Look to End US Credit Ratings Supremacy Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 1:18 AM ET
    Nanjing street shopping district.

    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 Rating Downgraded Due to Greek Exposure Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
    Greece

    Cyprus has become the latest victim of the financial crisis in neighboring Greece after its credit rating was downgraded by ratings agency Fitch Tuesday.

  • Do Markets Still Trust Rating Agencies' Decisions? Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 2:27 AM ET

    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?

  • Moody's Could Cut UK Banks' Ratings Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 3:56 AM ET

    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.

  • Tarp Shows That US Can Break Political Deadlock Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 11:51 PM ET
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner.

    Not many things have emerged from the quagmire of US Congress recently which have produced a truly pleasant surprise. But could the troubled asset relief programme - better known as Tarp - turn out to be one?

  • Commentary: Managing the Euro Zone's Fragility Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 1:35 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Why is Spain paying higher interest rates on its government debt than the UK? The answer to this question is illuminating: membership of a currency union makes a country fiscally fragile, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.

  • US Default Could Be Disastrous Choice for Economy Saturday, 23 Apr 2011 | 6:12 PM ET
    US Capitol Building at dawn

    The government now borrows about 42 cents of every dollar it spends. Imagine that one day soon, the borrowing slams up against the current debt limit ceiling of $14.3 trillion and Congress fails to raise it.

  • Poll: Should the U.S. Have a 'AAA' Rating? Friday, 22 Apr 2011 | 1:11 AM ET

    The U.S. is headed towards the next major budget battle between the Republicans and Democrats. On May 16th lawmakers will have to vote to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling or risk a default by the world's largest economy.

  • Just How Many Muni Defaults Are There? Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 12:35 PM ET

    We're all used to hearing about how municipal bonds almost never, ever default.

  • Gross on the Downgrade     Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 2:02 PM ET

    William Gross, PIMCO co-CIO & founder, with perspective on S&P's negative outlook on U.S. credit and what the downgrade means for the markets.

  • S&P Goes Negative and Finland is Frightening Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 9:50 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's lowered its outlook on the United States, kiwis fell, and Finland is frightening euro traders. Time for your Monday morning FX Fix.

  • The SEC Ranking Ratings Agencies: A Bad, Bad Idea Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 9:53 AM ET
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Here’s my nomination for the worst recommendation by the Senate panel on the financial crisis: the proposal for the Securities and Exchange Commission to rate credit ratings agencies based on their “accuracy.”

  • And no, it's not Goldman Sachs. But he thinks these stocks are a buy.