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# Credit Ratings

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# Credit Ratings
S&P improves outlook for Irish credit rating after prom note deal
Exchanging promissory notes for long-term bonds “should reduce the government’s debt-servicing costs and lower refinancing risk.”
# Credit Ratings
European Parliament introduces tougher credit rating rules
Parliament voted in favour of the legislation today in a bid to improve the stability of financial markets.
# Downgrade
Eurozone's new bailout fund loses AAA credit rating
The European Stability Mechanism has been downgraded by Moody’s, following a similar drop for France.
# Credit Ratings
Fitch takes Ireland's credit rating off 'negative' watch list
Ireland’s credit rating is still only BBB+, but Fitch says it’s no longer expecting to downgrade us again.
# Banks
Moody's downgrades 15 major banks
Moody’s said the mass downgrade reflected the banks’ ability repay their debts.
# Bond Markets
Fitch: Yes vote removes uncertainty, but return to markets still 'unclear'
The ratings agency says approving the Fiscal Compact removes a risk, but doesn’t guarantee a return to the markets.
# Debt Crisis
Moody's in mass downgrade of 16 Spanish banks
The ratings agency raised fears over the “creditworthiness” of the country and its ability to support its banks.
# Credit Ratings
Fitch downgrades UK outlook to negative
The nation has held onto its AAA rating but has been warned it could lose its top rating if cut-backs are eased.
# Eurozone
Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating
Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia have all been downgraded by the American ratings agency.
# eurocrisis
Ratings agency may downgrade Ireland - and 5 other eurozone countries
Fitch ratings agency has this evening said it is considering downgrading Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Cyprus by one or two notches.
# Credit Ratings
Parent banks of National Irish and ACC downgraded by Fitch
Danske Bank and Rabo Bank are two of five European banks to be downgraded overnight by the ratings agency Fitch.
# Credit Ratings
Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states
Moody’s follows the lead of Standard & Poor’s, complaining about “the absence of measures to stabilise credit markets”.
# Banks
S&P downgrades major US banks
The agency’s latest credit ratings downgrades include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.
# Eurobonds
Germany leading plans for six-country 'elite bonds' - report
A report in the ‘Welt on Sonntag’ newspaper says six AAA-rated countries are contemplating plans for common bonds.
# Italy
Moody's cuts Italian credit rating by three notches
The agency cuts its rating of Italy for the first time in two decades – as fears continue over over the viability of the Eurozone.
# France
Moody's downgrades two French banks
In a widely anticipated move, the credit ratings agency has downgraded Société Générale and Crédit Agricole over fears of the banks’ potential exposure to Greek debt.
# China
Don't worry: US VP heads to China after criticism over downgrade
China was less than kind about the US’s recent downgrading by Standard & Poor’s.
# Ratings Agency
How did ratings agencies become so powerful? Trains and recessions, that’s how
In the aftermath of the debt downgrade, people are wondering how S&P and the likes became so powerful. Here’s the answer.
Voices
Column: Amid unnerved stock markets, it’s time to give NAMA a chance
Nick Leeson believes NAMA is a “necessary evil”, but says it’s time to jettison those developers who can’t work with the agency.
Voices
Column: Portugal and Ireland have much in common… and we both need a leg-up
On a visit to Portugal, former trader Nick Leeson finds a country that will find it more difficult to recover than Ireland – and shows that Moody’s got our credit rating dive wrong.
# New low
Rock bottom? Greece gets the lowest credit rating in the world...again
Fitch has given Greece a CCC rating, following on from other credit rating agencies last month.
# Credit Ratings
Greece's credit rating now the lowest in the world
Standard & Poor’s drops Greece another three notches and says any restructure will be considered a sovereign default.
# Bill Auction
Success! Short-term bond auction sees prices drop
# Irish Economy
What do Moody's ratings mean anyway?
A bluffer’s guide to credit ratings and their impact.