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Congress takes on ratings agencies

Jul 27, 2011
A House subcommittee today looks into the role of ratings agencies during and after the financial crisis

American economic dominance at risk?

Jul 27, 2011
Alan Beattie of the Financial Times discusses why the debt drama in Washington is problematic for the world
Posted In: Jobs, Personal Finance

How are Americans preparing for a possible default?

Jul 27, 2011
As the August 2nd default deadline approaches, people are buying up gold coins and locking in mortgage interest rates to prepare for a worst-case scenario.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Should investors worry over U.S. default?

Jul 26, 2011
As the deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches, one financial planner says ignore the politics and stick with your long-term investment plans.
Posted In: Investing

August 2: default day, or just another Tuesday

Jul 26, 2011
Several banks now say the Treasury Department will collect more in taxes than planned, possibly pushing back the debt ceiling deadline.

Explainer: How do governments borrow and lend

Jul 26, 2011
On August 2, the U.S. Treasury Department says it will run out of cash and could have to default on some of its debts -- namely U.S. Treasury bonds.

Amid debt fears, investors look to Switzerland for safety

Jul 26, 2011
U.S. Treasury bonds have typically been the safety investment for investors, but the debt risk means U.S. debt is less safe. So, the new darling currency is the Swiss Franc.

America: One of two developed nations with debt ceilings

Jul 26, 2011
Europe correspondent Stephen Beard discusses the latest on the debt talks and reveals the only other advanced nation with a debt ceiling.

Debt talk: Still no deal

Jul 26, 2011
Washington took to the airwaves yesterday to explain why there was still no plan to raise the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Wall Street is holding its breath and hoping for a deal before the August 2nd deadline.

In the debt ceiling debate, Obama warns of worst case scenario

Jul 26, 2011
After months of debate, only two debt plans are currently on the table: a Democratic plan that avoids cutting Medicare and Social Security, and the Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling in stages.

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A long tradition of raising the U.S. debt ceiling in July, 2011 led to one of the most heated battles in Congress over the nation's budget. Follow Marketplace's coverage of the debt-ceiling.