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My Week If there was any justice in the financial world, the people who run the big debt rating agencies would be hanging from lamp-posts along with the investment bankers for the way in which their activities contributed to the 2008 financial crash. But they emerged pretty well unscathed, barring a few uncomfortable sessions before congressional committees. Politicians threatened all sorts of legislative nasties at the time, but it turned out to be all sound and fury signifying not very much.

Jeffrey Archer: An unlikely cartoon hero

Jeffrey Archer, who has been the subject of plenty of political send-ups himself, tells Charlotte Cripps why he wants to give his collection to the nation

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.

So are equities beginning to look cheap?

No sector has been immune from the savage sell-offs on the FTSE 100 of recent days. Supermarkets, miners, drug companies – every company has been caught in the crossfire as screens across City's dealing rooms angrily flashed red.

France battles rumours of credit-rating downgrade

The Standard & Poor's credit rating agency said it saw no reason to downgrade sovereign debt as France had a clear policy to reduce its budget deficit

Greece bans short sales for third time

Short-selling will be banned on the Athens stock exchange for two months from today, Greece's financial regulator said in an effort to stem a stockmarket slump last night.

S&P comes out swinging as Obama disputes downgrade

The Obama administration and the rating agency Standard & Poor's escalated their war of words over the downgrade of US government debt yesterday, as the White House sought to deflect blame for the loss of the country's AAA credit rating.

David Prosser: It is bond investors' verdict on S&P that really matters

Outlook: David Beers, the boss of Standard & Poor's, is surviving the mud-slinging. His assertion yesterday that there is a one in three chance of a further downgrade of the US's credit rating was not the statement of a man rattled by the attempts to ridicule his work, which have been continuous since Friday night's shock.

S&P's powerful chief steps out of the shadows

Some time last Friday night, someone created a Wikipedia page for David T Beers. Overdue, you might think.

S&P fights to save reputation as markets hold their breath

White House attacks $2 trillion 'error' of credit rating agency after US downgrade

Markets braced for mayhem as US credit downgraded for first time

China and Russia with trillions of US debt react furiously to the news that America had lost its AAA credit rating

China slams US 'debt addiction'

China's state-run news agency says America's 'debt-addiction' is threatening the world economy and that Washington must slash its defence and social welfare spending.

US credit rating downgrade fuels crisis

The United States was reeling today after Standard & Poor's lowered the nation's AAA credit rating for the first time since granting it in 1917.

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.

US gets debt boost, but economic woes grow

As the US finally sealed its debt-ceiling deal and received the blessing of a major credit-rating agency, any hope of a relief rally in financial markets was snuffed out.

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