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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - MACROSCOPE

    Banco Espirito Santo may need bail-in as agencies slash credit ratings

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:15am by Reuters

    ... billion in exposure to the Espirito Santo family empire, Moody's and Standard & Poor's both slashed its credit ratings further into junk territory. One surprising aspect ... Santo may need bail-in as ratings slashed Banco Espirito Santo's woes may not reignite the euro crisis but could give useful information about who will pay the inevitable costs. Under ...

  2. Business - Economy - CREDIT RATINGS

    Standard & Poor’s hikes Ireland’s credit rating, maintains negative outlook for Italy

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 02:21pm by Agence France-Presse in Dublin

    ... languishes in negativity Standard & Poor’s on Friday revised up Ireland’s sovereign credit rating to ‘A-’ with a positive outlook from its previous ‘BBB+’ assessment, citing the eurozone member’s improved domestic prospects. In contrast, the ratings agency held Italy’s credit rating at ‘BBB’, which is two notches above junk level, and maintained its negative outlook. “The upgrade reflects ...

  3. Business - Money - DEBT

    Global watchdogs search for new credit bubble risks

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... that depress borrowing rates and credit spreads ever lower nearly everywhere. "Exuberant" equity and real estate and rock-bottom financial volatility merely fed off that picture, it said. ... bubble risks As global watchdogs warn that euphoric financial markets are divorced from economic reality and acting out some reprise of the credit bubble and bust of the past decade, fears ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    BIS sees danger signs in property prices and credit growth

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:40am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Zurich BIS sees danger signs in property and credit Regulators should not dismiss "worrying" early signs of unsustainable property price and credit growth, which could leave borrowers vulnerable to interest rate rises or sharp downturns, the Bank for International Settlements said yesterday. The global forum for central banks said rock-bottom official interest ...

  5. Business - Economy - ITALY

    Moody's raises Italy's credit rating outlook to 'stable' from 'negative'

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 05:26am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Milan Moody's raises Italy's credit outlook to 'stable' Ratings agency Moody's has raised its outlook on Italy's credit rating ... as it confirmed its "Baa2" rating on Italy. On Thursday Italy sold three-year debt at the lowest yield since the introduction of the euro. On the secondary market on Friday, 10-year bond yields ...

  6. Business - Economy

    Beijing signals slowing interest rate liberalisation, analysts say

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Victoria Ruan

    ... profits and competing for greater asset sizes". This might not work as banks were commercial-driven entities, said Huang Can, a general manager at China Chengxin International Credit Rating ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Analysts say Cabinet wants to lower financing costs by slowing down interest rate reform Beijing signals slowing interest rate ...

  7. News - World - RELATIONSHIPS

    Marriage rates across much of Europe fall to record lows

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:32am by The Guardian

    ... from moving out by a lack of jobs, large debts and rising property costs. Experts say these factors are also hitting birth rates. "The lack of stable jobs and absence of credit have become ... The Guardian Europeans falling out of love with marriage Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in major European countries over the past decade as austerity, generational crisis ...

  8. Business - Economy

    Xi Jinping comfortable with lower growth rate for China's economy

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:39am by Victoria Ruan and Chim Sau-wai

    ... cent Xi comfortable with lower growth rate President Xi Jinping believes a slight slowdown in economic growth would be acceptable, Li Yang, a deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Social ... the mainland's economic growth rate eased to 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, a sharp contrast to growth rates that peaked at more than 10 per cent in the past decade. Beijing has said it is targeting ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Funding needs may strain credit ratings, Fitch says

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 01:41am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com Funding needs may strain credit ratings, Fitch says Asia's economic slowdown and tapering by the US Federal Reserve could affect sovereign credit ratings, says Fitch Ratings, as countries juggle debt financing needs with outflows of US dollars. "The ongoing tightening of US funding conditions … in particular ...

  10. Business - China Business - COMPANIES

    Fosun hits back over ratings review after purchase of Portuguese insurers

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 02:23pm by Peggy Sito

    ... over ratings review Fosun International chief executive Liang Xinjun has hit back at two international credit rating agencies that are reviewing their ratings of the company following ... Fosun's Ba3 corporate family and B1 senior unsecured ratings under review for downgrades. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services placed Fosun's BB-plus long-term corporate credit rating ...




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