Credit Ratings


  • Bearish Like Buffett? Some Bonds May Still Be King Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 4:31 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Several renowned investors may have made the case to be more bearish on bonds recently, but one analyst has told CNBC that now is the perfect time to look at high yielding peripheral bonds.

  • Philippines Gets S&P Upgrade, Second After Fitch Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 11:37 PM ET

    Standard & Poor's raised the Philippines' credit rating to investment grade on Thursday, the second debt agency to do so in less than two months.

  • Why Fitch Downgraded the UK     Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    David Riley, global managing director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, discusses Fitch Ratings' downgrade of the U.K., citing the current high debt level as reason for the move.

  • Fitch Downgrades China's Currency Credit Rating Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 7:29 PM ET

    The global ratings agency cut China's long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus on Tuesday with a stable outlook, citing financial risks from rapid credit expansion alongside the rise of shadow banking activity.

  • Surge in High-Yield Bonds a 'Big April Fool's Joke' Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 7:27 AM ET

    An increase in the issuance of high-yielding bonds alongside leverage to purchase this debt has sparked renewed fears of a bubble in the credit markets, with one bank warning investors of the threats involved.

  • A day after the Philippines got its first investment grade rating from Fitch, the Southeast Asian country's central bank governor told CNBC the upgrade was a "seal of good housekeeping."

  • Philippines Wins First Investment Grade Rating Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 5:38 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings raised the Philippines' credit rating to investment grade on Wednesday, a first for the Southeast Asian nation, in a move expected to boost investment and lift the country's long-term growth potential.

  • Cesar Purisima, finance secretary of the Philippines, tells CNBC that the country's credit rating upgrade by Fitch is a "landmark achievement" and says the government will now focus more on infrastructure, fiscal strength and opening up the economy to the rest of the world.

  • Rating Agencies 'Behind the Curve' on Philippines Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 4:32 AM ET

    One of Southeast Asia's fastest growing economies - the Philippines - got a ratings upgrade last year, but its finance secretary Cesar Purisima told CNBC the agencies were still "behind the curve" and the Philippines deserved a higher credit rating.

  • S&P Gives Detroit Takeover the Thumbs Up Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 5:15 PM ET
    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing

    Standard & Poor's on Friday showed its support for Michigan's takeover of Detroit by upgrading the city's credit rating to "stable" from "negative."

  • Surprise! Forgiven Debt May Be Taxable Income Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 8:52 AM ET

    If a creditor agreed to reduce a credit card balance or other debt, you may not think of it as income. The IRS does.

  • Tom Buerkle, international editor at Institutional Investor, explains why Norway tops their Country Credit Rating table, while the U.S. has its lowest point tally in over three decades.

  • Pension Gaps to Downgrade States?     Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 1:44 PM ET

    According to Wilshire, 109 state pension plans had a shortfall of more than $830 billion in 2012. Douglas Offerman, Fitch Ratings senior director, offers insight.

  • No Downgrade Despite Sequester: Fitch     Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    David Riley, global managing director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, tells CNBC that although the sequester isn't ideal, it will neither derail the U.S. recovery nor trigger a ratings cut.

  • The Implications of Sequestration: Fitch Ratings     Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 11:17 AM ET

    David Riley, Fitch Ratings, explains how the implementation of automatic spending cuts may threaten the nation's AAA credit status.

  • One Quarter of US Has More Card Debt Than Savings Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 7:52 AM ET

    Add the 16 percent who say they have neither credit card debt nor savings, and 40 percent of the population says they are close to the edge of ruin.

  • David Gauke, from the U.K. treasury, tells CNBC the government will stick to its deficit reduction plan despite Moody's downgrade of the country's credit rating.

  • No UK Plan for Bringing Down Debt: Pro     Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 1:00 AM ET

    Kathleen Brooks, research director at Forex.com, tells CNBC that there has been absolutely no strategy in the UK for austerity and bringing down debt.

  • 5% of Credit Reports Contain Costly Errors: FTC Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 1:58 PM ET

    Five percent of U.S. consumers have an error on their credit report that "could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance," the Federal Trade Commission said Monday, as it issued a long-awaited study of credit report accuracy.

  • Big 3 Ratings Agencies 'Still Selling Out': Ratings CEO Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 12:51 PM ET

    "Many of the practices you're seeing in DOJ's lawsuit are still going on. They're still selling out," said Jules Kroll, CEO of Kroll Bond Ratings, a New York-based ratings agency.

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