Huge Opportunity from Moody’s Downgrade of U.K.

Most of the focus on Moody’s downgrade of U.K. debt to Aa1 from Aaa yesterday has been on the potential negative repercussions — and there are some. But it also creates an enormous opportunity in the chance to ease front-loaded austerity. Read more of this post

Ratings agencies running the show in Europe and US

This post appeared in The Guardian Business Blog on July 20th 2011 and has been reposted here with permission.

The three main credit ratings agencies—Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s—are heavily influencing fiscal policy in the eurozone and the United States. Objectively, this is madness. That is what finance ministries and departments are for. Still, the credit ratings agencies are not to be blamed for the debt crises in the euro area or the US.

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