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Banks tell 'at risk' borrowers to spend less or lose their homes

Mortgage payments should be top priority for customers, say lenders

When the price is not right: Why is a $50m record collection unable to sell for even a fraction of its value?

Sometimes unique items aren't worth what we think, discovers Phil Boucher

David Prosser: Standard & Poor's is still feeling the heat

Outlook There is confusion over exactly what the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating in relation to the downgrading of the US by credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's (and no one will say on the record). Some reportssuggest the SEC is conducting an insider dealing inquiry. Others think the regulator is looking into the decision itself.

United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's said today it had downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings.

Stephen Foley: Will Obama lose the US’s AAA credit rating?

In one place for your convenience, the current positions of the three main credit rating agencies on long-term US government debt.

US debt deal may be too little, too late

The fight to save the US's AAA rating is just beginning, with huge implications for the global economy

The US Debt Ceiling: Is America in danger of default?

What is a debt ceiling?

Leading article: Shooting the messenger

Manuel Barroso has become the latest European politician to take a swipe at the credit rating agencies. The president of the European Commission this week suggested that the timing of Moody's latest downgrade of Portuguese debt was "questionable" and implied some sort of anti-European conspiracy from the three large US agencies.

Don't take no for an answer from mortgage lenders

News that banks are getting tough on potential borrowers doesn't mean you won't get a mortgage.

Questions Of Cash: Barclays' doubt over 7/7 payout ended in debt

Q. I was a customer with Barclays for several years, but closed all my accounts in spring 2008 – I thought. I was badly injured in the London 7/7 bombings and received compensation. When I went to the bank with a compensation cheque, the woman at the counter was very rude and quizzed me as to "where you got this money" and "what was it for", as if I was a drug dealer. This was despite the cheque clearly stating London Bombing Charity Relief Fund. So I closed my account.

Questions of Cash: 'Santander worries damaged my health'

Q. I am disabled and problems with my Santander card are damaging my mental health. I was notified that dormant accounts incur a £10 charge. I've not used my Debenham's store card for some time and decided to close the account. I wrote to Santander by recorded delivery and cut-up the card. I also logged-on to my account online and requested the card be deactivated. Three weeks later, I still haven't had confirmation that the account has been closed, nor have I had a response to my online message. FM, London.

Good news at last: change is on the cards

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