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Ireland back in the ratings A team after Moody's upgrade

Moody's has upgraded Ireland's credit rating due to better than expected growth. They put it up by one notch to A3 with a positive outlook.

Moody's has upgraded Ireland's credit rating due to better than expected growth. They put it up by one notch to A3 with a positive outlook.

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Dubai World reaches debt deal

Dubai World has reached agreement with what’s been reported as “a substantial majority” of creditors to back its 14.6 billion dollar debt

Dubai World has reached agreement with what’s been reported as “a substantial majority” of creditors to back its 14.6 billion dollar debt

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France fails to make promised EU debt reductions

France has announced it will miss its EU budget target of bringing public debt under control by 2015. It’s the latest in a long line of broken

France has announced it will miss its EU budget target of bringing public debt under control by 2015. It’s the latest in a long line of broken

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EU's Juncker plays down outright Greece debt writeoff

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has played down the prospect that eurozone countries may write off part of Greece’s

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has played down the prospect that eurozone countries may write off part of Greece’s

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Argentina calls for a re-think from US judge over debt ruling

Argentina has reacted angrily to a US Supreme Court ruling which said it will have to pay $1.3bn to bondholders. Buenos Aires claims paying up will

Argentina has reacted angrily to a US Supreme Court ruling which said it will have to pay $1.3bn to bondholders. Buenos Aires claims paying up will

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Greece's credit rating upgraded for first time since bailout

Greece’s credit rating was upgraded on Friday for the first time since its multi-billion euro bailout. Global rating agency Fitch said Greece was

Greece’s credit rating was upgraded on Friday for the first time since its multi-billion euro bailout. Global rating agency Fitch said Greece was

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Fitch raises outlook on Portugal's debt rating

More good news for Portugal as it moves closer to ending its need to be in a bailout programme. The Fitch rating agency has raised its outlook on

More good news for Portugal as it moves closer to ending its need to be in a bailout programme. The Fitch rating agency has raised its outlook on

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Italy getting easier ride on international bond market

The cost of borrowing for the Italian government continues to fall, and the economy has been given a further boost by a ratings agency upgrade

The cost of borrowing for the Italian government continues to fall, and the economy has been given a further boost by a ratings agency upgrade

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Eurozone governments' debt drops for first time since 2007

The total amount of debt being carried by eurozone governments has fallen for the first time since the financial crisis hit – that is nearly six

The total amount of debt being carried by eurozone governments has fallen for the first time since the financial crisis hit – that is nearly six

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S&P strips the Netherlands of AAA credit rating

The Netherlands has lost its AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s (S&P). The Dutch economy, which is the eurozone’s fifth largest, recently

The Netherlands has lost its AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s (S&P). The Dutch economy, which is the eurozone’s fifth largest, recently

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Japan hikes tax to tackle debt

The Japanese will soon have to pay more in sales tax when they buy things as the government tries to reduce the country’s runaway debt. Prime

The Japanese will soon have to pay more in sales tax when they buy things as the government tries to reduce the country’s runaway debt. Prime

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Spain deeper in debt despite austerity

Spain’s government debt has hit a record high. Between April and June it rose to rose to 92.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, the

Spain’s government debt has hit a record high. Between April and June it rose to rose to 92.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, the

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Fitch strips France of AAA status

France has been stripped of its last triple-A credit rating by the agency Fitch. The country’s uncertain debt outlook, lack of growth and the ongoing

France has been stripped of its last triple-A credit rating by the agency Fitch. The country’s uncertain debt outlook, lack of growth and the ongoing

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UK stripped of AAA rating by Fitch

Britain’s credit standing has suffered a further blow after Fitch became the second international agency to strip the country of its

Britain’s credit standing has suffered a further blow after Fitch became the second international agency to strip the country of its

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UK stripped of AAA credit rating

The UK has lost its triple AAA credit-rating for the first time ever after ratings agency Moody’s decided on a downgrade. Demoting Britain by one

The UK has lost its triple AAA credit-rating for the first time ever after ratings agency Moody’s decided on a downgrade. Demoting Britain by one

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Ratings agency hands Greece an upgrade

There is some much-needed good news for Greece. Ratings agency Standard and Poors has raised the credit rating on the country’s sovereign debt

There is some much-needed good news for Greece. Ratings agency Standard and Poors has raised the credit rating on the country’s sovereign debt

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Moody's negative on Germany

Europe’s debt crisis is starting to cast wider shadows as the rating agency Moody’s changed its outlook for Germany from stable to negative – a first

Europe’s debt crisis is starting to cast wider shadows as the rating agency Moody’s changed its outlook for Germany from stable to negative – a first

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Moodys downgrades Italy bonds

Moody’s cut the ratings of Italian government bonds on Thursday and said the country faced growing funding problems. The downgrade from A3 to Baa2

Moody’s cut the ratings of Italian government bonds on Thursday and said the country faced growing funding problems. The downgrade from A3 to Baa2

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Spain's borrowing costs soar

The amount of interest that the Spanish government is having to pay to borrow in the medium term has soared again to the highest since the launch of

The amount of interest that the Spanish government is having to pay to borrow in the medium term has soared again to the highest since the launch of

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Cement producer Lafarge to cut costs

Lafarge, the global cement producer, has announced plans to cut costs by 1.3 billion euros over the next four years. The group is carrying debts

Lafarge, the global cement producer, has announced plans to cut costs by 1.3 billion euros over the next four years. The group is carrying debts

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Standard & Poor's heaps more pressure on Spain

Spain’s sovereign credit rating has been down graded by Standard & Poor’s for a second time this year. It’s been cut from an A to a triple-

Spain’s sovereign credit rating has been down graded by Standard & Poor’s for a second time this year. It’s been cut from an A to a triple-

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Italian borrowing costs rise again

Italy has had to offer higher rates of interest on its short term government bonds. Six-month bills recorded their highest yields since January

Italy has had to offer higher rates of interest on its short term government bonds. Six-month bills recorded their highest yields since January

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UK's AAA in danger warns Fitch

Fitch ratings agency has revised its outlook on UK debt down, warning the country that it now has a better than one-in-two chance of losing its

Fitch ratings agency has revised its outlook on UK debt down, warning the country that it now has a better than one-in-two chance of losing its

Europe

Rating agencies in the spotlight

Arnaud from Brussels asks: “My question for European officials is: how far are we going to let rating agencies dictate how European stock markets are

Arnaud from Brussels asks: “My question for European officials is: how far are we going to let rating agencies dictate how European stock markets are

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S&P downgrade Greece despite German bailout approval

Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Greece’s long-term rating to “Selective Default”. The news came as a blow to Athens, which had barely had time to

Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Greece’s long-term rating to “Selective Default”. The news came as a blow to Athens, which had barely had time to

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Is investor confidence coming back?

It was a week full of interesting insights. After the downgrade of several EU countries by rating agency Standard & Poor’s, all eyes were on the

It was a week full of interesting insights. After the downgrade of several EU countries by rating agency Standard & Poor’s, all eyes were on the

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Spain clears short-term debt test

Spain has passed the first test of investor demand for its government bonds since the latest downgrade of Madrid’s credit rating by S&P. It sold

Spain has passed the first test of investor demand for its government bonds since the latest downgrade of Madrid’s credit rating by S&P. It sold

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S&P cuts EFSF credit rating after eurozone downgrade

The rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the eurozone’s EFSF bailout fund by one notchfrom AAA to AA+. The move was expected after S&P cut

The rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the eurozone’s EFSF bailout fund by one notchfrom AAA to AA+. The move was expected after S&P cut

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Markets demand better solutions from EU leaders after downgrades

In the age of austerity, investors are calling for EU leaders to come up with a convincing plan to boost economic growth after Friday’s downgrade of

In the age of austerity, investors are calling for EU leaders to come up with a convincing plan to boost economic growth after Friday’s downgrade of

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Sarkozy breaks silence after French downgrade

Nicolas Sarkozy has called on French people to resist and fight in the face of the crisis, two days after France saw its credit rating downgraded by

Nicolas Sarkozy has called on French people to resist and fight in the face of the crisis, two days after France saw its credit rating downgraded by