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  • 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.

  • Will US political battles threaten dollar?   Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 7:14 PM ET
    Will US political battles threaten dollar?

    Kathy Lien, Managing Director of FX Strategy, BK Asset Management says the dominance of the U.S. dollar in global trade won't be challenged by Washington's fiscal battles.

  • America downgraded by its largest creditor   Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | 8:08 PM ET
    America downgraded by its largest creditor

    China signals unhappiness with Washington's budget deal after local ratings agency Dagong downgraded America's credit rating to 'A-.' The Asia Squawk Box team and Marc Desmidt of BlackRock Asia Pacific weigh in.

  • US debt deal is   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 6:23 PM ET
    US debt deal is a

    LEE SACHS is Co-Founder & CEO of Alliance Partners says that the debt deal gives a window for US congress to work out their differences and not risk a further damage to their reputation.

  • Bill Gross: Treasurys and kicking the can   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 2:31 PM ET
    Bill Gross: Treasurys & kicking the can

    Bill Gross, Pimco founder and co-CIO, discusses debt, default and dysfunction in D.C. He says ratings services make news but seldom break new ground.

  • US default would be 'worse than Lehman': S&P exec Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 9:51 AM ET
    September 15, 2008, the day the 150-year-old Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy.

    How destructive would a US default be? John Chambers, chairman of the sovereign ratings committee at Standard and Poor's, has a grim answer.

  • Buffett's advice to Republicans   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 8:58 AM ET
    Buffett's advice to Republican

    "They do not want to be remembered as the party that destroyed a reputation Americans built up over two centuries," says Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO.

  • 'Stocks are not selling at bubble levels': Buffett   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 8:40 AM ET
    'Stocks are not selling at bubble levels': Buffett

    Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, explains why stocks still offer the best investment opportunities compared to cash or long-term bonds.

  • 'Philanthropy is tougher than business': Buffett   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 8:38 AM ET
    'Philanthropy is tougher than business': Buffett

    It's how the money is spent that counts, says Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, sharing his views on the difficulties and motives behind charitable giving.