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Up to 40 per cent have not made key checks on their credit rating or electoral roll entry

George Osborne denies fiddling the figures

George Osborne denied that the poor were bearing the brunt of austerity as he defended his mini-budget today.

If you make payments on time your credit score will improve

Money Insider: Consider options before signing up for payday loan

Banks, building societies and credit card companies may be offering attractive borrowing rates at the moment, but if you haven't got a near-perfect credit history, there's a good chance that your application will be declined.

Britain's credit rating is 'not the be all and end all', says Danny Alexander

Britain's credit rating is “not the be all and end all” Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said.

Global bonds climb despite downgrades

The safety of bonds took a hit 12 months ago. But they have proved an essential part of investors' plans

German factories suffer as demand for goods slumps

Germany's economic might showed worrying signs of wilting yesterday as the country reported the biggest collapse in private-sector output in more than three years.

Fears of German recession follow Moody's warning

Germany's economic might showed worrying signs of wilting in the face of Europe's debt crisis yesterday after the biggest collapse for the nation's private sector in more than three years.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 14 July 2012

Italy's credit rating cut by Moody's

Stephen Foley: Patch reporters clearly not connected to AOL’s brain

US Outlook Kudos to the Patch reporter in the audience when Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon's chairman, told a Chicago chamber of commerce meeting that the disaster-prone tech start-up "was like giving a seven-year-old a Ferrari; you're going to get a certain amount of chaos".

EU credit rating reform in tatters

Commissioner Michel Barnier is forced to step back from plans to make bond-issuers rotate agencies

Borrowing blowout highlights Osborne's challenge

A Budget-day borrowing blow for Chancellor George Osborne yesterday underlined the scale of his deficit-cutting task despite slightly better news on growth from his independent forecaster.

Prompt rent payments feature in new credit score

People living in private rented accommodation who pay their rent on time could soon get a boost to their credit rating, following the launch of the Rental Exchange service by Experian.

James Moore: This is Osborne's chance to clamp down on stupidity in the public sector

Outlook Did George Osborne just get a little bit of breathing room? Yesterday's public sector borrowing figures contained some welcome news for the Chancellor. January is traditionally a month in which the Government pays back a bit of what it owes, but the £7.75bn returned to creditors this time around was better than most forecasters had expected and well ahead of the £5.2bn surplus recorded in January 2011.

Leading article: Not much economic wriggle room

The shadow Chancellor claims that Moody's decision to place Britain's triple-A credit rating on "negative outlook" proves that the Government is cutting too far, too fast. Meanwhile, George Osborne insists that the agency's warning shot – suggesting a one-in-three chance of a downgrade to come – is a "reality check" that reinforces his commitment to cutting national debt.

George Osborne defends cuts despite credit rating threat

Chancellor George Osborne defended the Government's austerity package today after Britain was threatened with the loss of its AAA credit rating amid fears over weaker growth prospects and potential shocks from the eurozone crisis.

Market Report: Unlucky 13th for Footsie as Europe rating fears grow

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