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  1. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, August 17, 2014

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by LETTERS

    ... Bay   Stability vital if ageing city to be competitive A recent Moody's report, "Population ageing will dampen economic growth over the next two decades", suggests that one ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's property sector is in for a bumpy ride

    Posted May 31st 2014, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Property sector in for a bumpy ride Bad news keeps piling up for mainland property developers. Just when ratings agency Moody's downgraded the sector's outlook from stable to negative, news came that the National Development and Reform Commission was planning to allow some local governments to issue bonds directly. Banned from issuing their own debt, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Deeper Ireland-China relations bring profit to both

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 03:41am by BRENDAN HOWLIN

    ... In January, Moody's became the last of the main rating agencies to return Ireland to investment grade. Confidence is rebounding. Our bond yields are touching historic lows. Having implemented ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Liquidity crunch could devastate China's SMEs

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 03:31am by Andrew Collier, SARA HSU

    ... following orders from Beijing, SME loans jumped 34 per cent compared with a 20 per cent rise in total lending, according to Moody';s. And last July, the authorities approved additional measures ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ratings are not credit- and a new agency won't change that

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings badly blotted their collective copy book by helping Wall Street banks repackage toxic subprime debts as investible securities with topnotch credit ... in the same year, the agencies managed to award more than 1,000 AAA ratings to complex structured financial products. More than half of the structured products rated by Moody's carried the top ...

  6. Business - China Business - MONITOR

    Don't expect answer from China local government debt audit

    Posted Aug 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... government debt outstanding," commented credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service. "A comprehensive audit would be welcome in clarifying the magnitude of the local government debt ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A China crash in the making?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am by G. Bin Zhao and Andrew Collier

    ... a major concern after the downgrading by Fitch and Moody';s. I wonder whether these rating agencies ever notice local debt risks in the US, especially since Detroit has recently filed ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New credit rating agency will bring needed competition

    Posted Jul 01st 2013, 12:00am by Donald Gasper

    ... by the law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd in the course of lawsuits brought by institutional plaintiffs against Moody's and Standard & Poor's. As a result of these documents, ... out, critics of the big three US agencies- Moody';s, Standard & Poor's and Fitch- have questioned their objectivity and pointed to their role in actually contributing ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Bank ratings are no mirror of reality

    Posted Jun 26th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... remains fresh in the memory. This week's downgrade of the outlook for the city's banking system from stable to negative by Moody's Investors Service is a reminder. Moody's ... The timing of Moody's report made it more topical. It coincided with a stock-market rout sparked by an official credit crunch aimed at reining in growing risks in the mainland's banking ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jun 25th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... as an Asian alternative to US ratings agencies Moody';s, Fitch and Standard & Poor's, holds a forum on reform of the international credit rating system at its headquarters in Hong Kong. ...




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