In the wake of S&P debt downgrades, Merkel vows faster eurozone reforms.
European leaders promised on Saturday to speed up plans to strengthen spending rules and get a permanent bailout fund up and running as soon as possible, a day after U.S. agency S&P cut the ratings of several euro zone countries' creditworthiness.
Standard and Poor's on Friday lowered the credit rating of 34 Italian banks in a move that follows the agency's two-notch downgrade of Italy on January 13.Italy's biggest financial institutions, including UniCredit, Intesa Sanpaolo, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and Mediobanca, were hit.In January, Standard and Poor's downgraded Italy's credit rating by two notches to BBB+ from A.
With Japan's public debt about to hit 240% of GDP, Fitch Downgrades Japan's Sovereign Rating
The ratings agency Fitch on Tuesday lowered its assessment of Japan’s sovereign credit to A+, an investment grade just above the likes of Spain and Italy, and criticized Tokyo for not doing more to pare down its burgeoning debt.
MILAN (Reuters) - Rating agency Standard & Poor's cut its credit ratings on the two biggest Italian banks, UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo , as well as that of insurer Generali , following its downgrade of Italy's sovereign rating.
Moody's downgraded Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas, and Societe Generale today. This is fresh on the heels of a September downgrade of Credit Agricole and Societe Generale in September.
Please consider French bank ratings downgraded again by Moody's
Credit rating agency Moody's has downgraded France's three big banks due to their difficulty borrowing money. The agency cut Credit Agricole and BNP Paribas from Aa2 to Aa3, and Societe Generale from Aa3 to A1.
ATHENS, Greece — The Standard and Poor’s rating agency downgraded Greece’s credit grade further into junk status Wednesday, saying the country’s financial commitments would be unsustainable without “deep economic reform or further relief.”
The agency downgraded Greece to CCC+ from B-, with a negative outlook “given the risk of further worsening in liquidity for the sovereign, the banks, and the economy.”
When previewing the key events of the week, we noted that today Canadian DBRS rating agency is scheduled to review Italy's credit rating after putting its credit worthiness on negative watch on 5 August. On 5 December, DBRS issued a press release declaring that they would wait for the impact of the Italian referendum result on the continuation of the reform push before making the final decision.
In case of a downgrade, the haircut for a 5y BTP used as collateral for ECB operations, as an example, would rise from 2% to 10%.
I was working on this post Tuesday morning when the phone rang and, to use Paul Krugman's phrase, life intervened. I had something to say about it, but I don't know what it was at this point. Anyway, may as well post it now (posts fom me will continue to be sparse/absent for awhile -- immense thanks for the outporing of support):
Credit rating agency Standard and Poor's announced on Friday that it had downgraded top Greek banks, Eurobank and Alphabank, and put two others on negative watch.SandP, which had downgraded Greek soverign debt on Wednesday, said it had downgraded the long-term ratings with negative watch of Eurobank, the second-biggest bank and Alphabank, the third biggest, to BBB from BBB plus.It also placed their short-term A2 rating under negative watch.