Tall buildings, smaller credit rating.
The first trading day after Moody's cut the UK to three notches below Aaa, the markets shrugged.
Botswana retained its rating because of its strong case about fiscal strategy, institutional strength, and prudent policymaking.
African governments must engage rating agencies better, providing them and investors with credible economic data, and regularly address all concerns being raised.
South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni says the IMF loan will limit the country’s economic vulnerabilities which have been exacerbated by COVID-19.
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The IMF loan does not impose any conditions over and above what is in South African law on how the funds can be used; it only seems to expect the country to implement policies already announced.
They stumble around, baying for assistance, hoping to drink the lifeblood of other companies' financial aid.
Since the first "climate awareness bond" was issued in 2007, the green-bond market has flourished. But how can investors judge their risk and effectiveness?
Boris Johnson has threatened to withhold Britain’s Brexit bill if he’s the country’s next prime minister.
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It's hard to say if, legally, not paying the Brexit bill will classify as a sovereign default. But credit agencies will take serious notice.
Office of the Moody’s Corporation ratings agency.
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Standard & Poor's, Moody's, and other ratings agencies have a long and storied history, but today they face significant criticism and the future of ratings themselves are under challenge.
The spotlight is on Wonga.
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Far too many people in Britain rely on high-cost short-term credit from alternative lenders.
Patience might be running out for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The positive energy that's greeted the new South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will turn to protest if economic challenges are not addressed quickly.
The Australian government was put on notice about its credit rating last year.
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Robust credit ratings agencies are vital for the Australian economy, as the repercussions of their decisions are felt far and wide.
African cities are failing to raise development funds through bond markets.
In announcing free higher education, South African President Jacob Zuma, lobbed a populist hot potato at the ANC elective conference but it's ordinary people whose fingers will be burnt.
Make sure you’re a good citizen.
Plans for China to rate its citizens for their trustworthiness have been depicted as uniquely Chinese. Don't be so sure.
New credit information-sharing rules promise to open up the consumer credit market to increased competition.
The government needs to learn from the mistakes in the US in sharing our credit history information to third parties.
Running out of options. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba speaks after delivering his medium term budget.
South Africa's 2017 medium term budget reveals a growing gap between revenue and expenditure which places the country in a highly vulnerable financial state.
South Africa’s finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, has had to look towards selling off state owned assets to plug a fiscal hole.
Privatisation talk in South Africa shows how state owned enterprises are being used as tools for enrichment by the connected and less as key elements of development.
South Africa has been rocked by a legal battle between the country’s Public Protector and Reserve Bank.
South Africa's Public Protector, has been exposed as incompetent after trying to meddle with the constitutional mandate of the country's central bank.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told the National Press Club that a Labor government would “show the ratings agencies the quality of our plans.”
The S&P Global report cites the potential for low wage growth and low inflation as a 'downside risk' for the projections on getting to budget balance.
South Africa’s Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
The South African Reserve Bank has come under spotlight due to the critical role it must play in enabling the country to navigate rough waters. Governor Lesetja Kganyago shares his views.