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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.

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.

Britain warned it may be in line for a credit downgrade

Moody's says euro crisis raises questions over Government's ability to cut national debt

Ratings agency downgrades Hungary to junk status

Fitch downgraded Hungary's credit rating to junk status on Friday, citing a standoff between the government and international lenders like the IMF and the European Union over possible rescue loans.

Britain's AAA status is at risk, Moody's warns

The credit ratings agency Moody's last night warned Britain faces "formidable and rising challenges" to its treasured AAA status, but said it was not yet considering a downgrade.

UK clings on to AAA rating

An influential credit ratings agency today said the UK was still worthy of its AAA rating but warned the eurozone debt crisis has left it less likely to cope with future shocks.

Lloyds Banking Group could see debt rating cut

Lloyds Banking Group was today warned its debt rating could be cut due to the sick leave of chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio.

James Lawton: Moody deserves praise for early nights, unlike England

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

The All Blacks' Richie McCaw parades the Webb Ellis Trophy in Auckland yesterday

James Lawton: Unlike England, Moody deserves praise for leaving the party early

Something extremely odd happened at the end of the World Cup of rugby that Richie McCaw and Thierry Dusautoir turned into a personal issue of epic proportions. It was that England's captain Lewis Moody, as best he could given his team's performance here, joined on the list of tournament heroes his counterparts of New Zealand and France. Well, sort of.

At 33, Lewis Moody would have had little chance of making it to the next World Cup

Moody quits England as he hits out at team-mates

Two World Cup finals and one depressing World Cup misfire into his long, body-busting tour of duty as a professional rugby player, Lewis Moody ended his international career yesterday, leaving England in need of a captain – and, far more urgently, of an open-side flanker capable of mixing it with the best breakaway forwards in the sport.

Moody's cuts its rating for Japan

Moody's cut its rating on Japan's government debt by one notch to Aa3 yesterday, blaming a build-up of debt since the 2009 global recession and revolving-door political leadership that has hampered effective economic strategies.

Goods orders rise fails to curb recession fears

Orders for durable goods, long-lasting products like factory equipment and computers, rose in the US last month by more than economists had expected, data showed yesterday.

Japan sees credit rating downgraded

Moody's Investors Service downgraded Japan's credit rating, citing the country's weak growth prospects, massive government debt and constant political turmoil.

Moody leads walking wounded as England plans left up in the air

Captain's prospects for the World Cup clouded in doubt but concerns also hang over Hape and Sheridan

Martin Johnson expects Lewis Moody to be fit for World Cup

England manager Martin Johnson is confident Lewis Moody's knee injury will not prove serious enough to rule him out of the Rugby World Cup.

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