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  • Spain upgrade is fruit of reforms: S&P Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:15 AM ET
    Spain upgrade is fruit of reforms: S&P

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's, says Spain's upgrade is the results of structural reforms implemented by the government.

  • Second time lucky for Ireland’s credit rating? Friday, 16 May 2014 | 1:06 AM ET

    Ireland hopes to garner a second credit rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service this Friday.

  • Why S&P downgraded Russia's credit rating Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Why S&P downgraded Russia's credit rating

    Christian Esters, senior director for sovereign ratings at Standard and Poor's Ratings Services, says the reasons behind Russia's credit rating downgrade include capital outflows and increased risks of slower growth.

  • Greece is 'not there yet': S&P's Kraemer Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:40 AM ET
    Greece is 'not there yet': S&P's Kraemer

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at S&P, highlights that while Greece has achieved a lot, its economy below pre-crisis levels.

  • Moody's company upgrades outnumber downgrades in Q1 Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:45 AM ET
    Moody's company upgrades outnumber downgrades in Q1

    Jean-Michel Carayon, senior vice-president of the Moody's corporate finance group, discusses the optimism behind the ratings agency's report that shows upgrades to EMEA non-financial corporates outnumbered downgrades in the first quarter of 2014.

  • S&P downgrades Brazil to near-junk Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 6:45 AM ET
    S&P downgrades Brazil to near-junk

    S&P downgraded cut Brazil's credit rating to one notch above junk, citing weak growth and rising debt levels.

  • Concerns about long-term outlook for France: Moody's Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 | 8:00 PM ET
    Concerns about long-term outlook for France: Moody's

    Sarah Carlson, vice-president and senior credit officer for the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's, says there is concern about long-term competitiveness and growth prospects in France.

  • US debt ceiling issue 'off the table': Fitch Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    US debt ceiling issue 'off the table': Fitch

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, explains that it has removed the U.S. from negative watch because of improvements in the country's fiscal picture.

  • Sanctions to weigh on Russian economy: Fitch Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:04 PM ET
    Sanctions to weigh on Russian economy: Fitch

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, discusses the impact sanctions will have on the Russian economy and says risks to the country's outlook are to the downside.

  • Puerto Rico credit in dire situation: CEO Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 11:42 AM ET
    Puerto Rico credit in dire situation: CEO

    Alexandra Lebenthal, Lebenthal & Co. president & CEO, discusses the S&P's move to downgrade Puerto Rico's general obligation debt to junk status and if other creditors, like Moody's, will follow suit.

  • Why Moody's downgrade won't hurt Sony Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 10:52 PM ET
    Sony sunk by Moody's junk rating?

    Atul Goyal, Senior Analyst at Jefferies, says Moody's downgrade of Sony won't affect the company's ability to raise debt, but it could impact its profitable insurance business.

  • Thai riots priced into sovereign rating: Moody's Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 | 10:22 PM ET
    Thai riots have been priced into sovereign rating

    Steffen Dyck, Assistant Vice President and Analyst of the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service, explains how Thailand's unrest has already been factored into its sovereign rating.

  • Is the Dutch downgrade justified? Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    Is the Dutch downgrade justified?

    Philippe Gudin, head of euro area economics at Barclays, says he is "surprised" at the timing of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgrade of the Netherlands, as he expects a rebound in growth next year.

  • Risk of complacency in euro zone: S&P Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 5:35 AM ET
    Risk of complacency in euro zone: S&P

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign ratings officer at Standard and Poor's (S&P), says the euro zone, and France, needs to continue its structural reforms, and explains why the European Central Bank stress tests are important.

  • Dutch downgrade due to growth potential: S&P Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 5:15 AM ET
    Dutch downgrade due to growth potential: S&P

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign ratings officer at Standard and Poor's (S&P), explains that the Netherlands was downgraded because of its growth potential, but that it has a stable ratings outlook due to its policy commitment.

  • Dutch economy is 'pretty solid': Economist Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 4:00 AM ET
    Dutch economy is 'pretty solid': Economist

    Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, says that while the Netherlands needs to implement further reforms, its economy is still "pretty solid."

  • We take downgrade 'seriously': Dutch Minister Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 3:00 AM ET
    We take rating downgrade 'seriously': Dutch Fin Min

    Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister, says he takes the S&P ratings downgrade of the Netherlands "seriously".

  • Bear Stearns liquidators sue Moody's, S&P, Fitch Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    The liquidators of two Bear Stearns hedge funds filed a lawsuit on Monday against the three major U.S. rating agencies.

  • Telecom Italia CEO rules out 2014 right issue Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 11:20 AM ET
    Telecom Italia CEO rules out 2014 right issue

    Marco Patuano, CEO of Telecom Italia, says its Brazilian business is a "core asset" and says the group has a lot of investment to do in the future.

  • France S&P downgrade: Does it matter? Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 5:00 AM ET
    France S&P downgrade: Does it matter?

    Richard Kelly, head of European rates and FX research at TD Securities, explains that the main takeaway from S&P's French downgrade is that the country has been moved to a stable outlook.