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The Talking Heads, DOJ and S&P

Feb 5, 2013
The Justice Department files suit against S&P and its rating of mortgage-backed securities, citing the band Talking Heads in complaint.
Posted In: Standard & Poor's, ratings agencies, Department of Justice

Rating agencies: No longer the final word

Jun 11, 2012
The ratings agency Moody's could lower credit ratings on the bonds of several U.S. banks this month. The downgrades could send ripples, but not shock waves, throughout the economy.
Posted In: ratings agencies, Moody's

Fitch downgrades major banks

Dec 16, 2011
Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded major banks like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, but the credibility of such agencies is also waning.
Posted In: ratings agencies, Fitch, Banks

Do the ratings agencies need a downgrade?

Dec 8, 2011
Europe and the U.S. are both exploring new options for judging the value of debt after increasing threats of downgrade from agencies like S&P and Moody's.
Posted In: ratings agencies, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, downgrade

The danger of relying on ratings agencies

Dec 8, 2011
As economic turmoil continues in Europe, leaders there -- and here in the U.S. -- are weary of the blind reliance on ratings agencies to value debt.
Posted In: Standard & Poor's, ratings agencies, Greek debt

MID-DAY UPDATE: Businesses laid off more workers in August

Sep 1, 2010
...That's the opposite of expected - what's it mean? Another ratings agency escapes fraud charges For CEOs, it may pay to lay off A big whopper:...
Posted In: Blockbuster, champagne, Greece, layoffs, mid-day update, ratings agencies, smoking, Time Warner, Unemployment, video stores

MID-DAY UPDATE: Economic news bad. Stock prices good.

Jul 22, 2010
/**/ Sales of previously occupied homes fell in June; new unemployment benefit plans rose. Yet at this writing, Wall Street's jumping. What d...
Posted In: AT&T, BP, Caterpillar, homeownership, Memphis, mid-day update, oil companies, ratings agencies, stock market, summer vacation, Unemployment, UPS, Wall Street, Xerox

Ratings conflict

Jan 16, 2010
Ratings agencies are paid by the sellers of the securities they rate. Critics say there's a conflict of interest there. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
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