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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.

Britain's loss of prized AAA credit rating hits sterling

Britain's loss of its prized AAA credit rating intensified the pressure on sterling today despite another rally for London's top flight shares index.

Markets set for sterling sell-off after AAA setback for Britain

Analysts expect pound to weaken against dollar and euro in response to Moody's decision

New fears for pound after UK's credit rating drops

Sterling is expected to come under pressure tomorrow following the loss of Britain's gold-plated AAA credit rating.

Chancellor George Osborne who insisted Britain would not

AAA rating will take at least 10 years to regain

As the Chancellor tries to make light of Moody's downgrade, Mark Leftly assesses the fallout

George Osborne in Eastleigh last week

Britain's loss of AAA credit rating a 'humiliating blow' to George Osborne, says Ed Balls

The Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of having suffered a “humiliating blow” after Britain was stripped of its AAA credit rating.

Bobby Garner, top, at the Sno-White Grill, the restaurant he has run for 43 years

Pine Bluff: 'There used to be three gas stations over there. They’re all gone now'

Harold Terry loves to talk about how it used to be in Pine Bluff, the days when his mother would drive neighbours who didn’t own cars downtown to shop every Saturday and he’d tag along. “They would buy me candies, every time,” he says.

James Moore: A happy new year? Third helping of recession is starting to look more likely

Outlook Remember when everyone was twitching about a double dip recession? Those seem like halcyon days now that there's a new phrase creeping its way into the popular lexicon: The triple dip.

UK losing AAA rating 'not so bad'

Chancellor George Osborne's attempts to cling onto the nation's triple-A credit rating look doomed but the loss would be "symbolic, not catastrophic", the UK's biggest bank says.

UK downgrade looms 'but it could be a help'

Chancellor George Osborne's attempts to cling onto the nation's triple-A credit rating look doomed but the loss would be "symbolic, not catastrophic", the UK's biggest bank says.

The great care home giveaway: Tory council calls in the private sector

Suffolk County Council has agreed a multimillion pound deal with the private sector to take over its care homes amid fresh calls for financial regulation to protect elderly residents and the taxpayer.

No downgrade for Spain's debt

Spain won more breathing space from international investors, as it escaped having its debt cut to junk by a leading credit rating agency yesterday.

Market pressure eases on Spain amid bailout hopes

Rising speculation that Spain will soon ask for outside help to keep a lid on its borrowing costs has helped ease the pressure on the country in financial markets.

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

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