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.

Spain under pressure on debt as EU leaders meet

As European leaders prepared for a crucial summit, markets and credit agencies piled the pressure on Spain and the euro once again yesterday – with a turbulent end to a dramatic year in prospect.

James Moody: Revered jazz saxophonist and flautist who formed a charismatic partnership with Dizzy Gillespie

Although he counts as a Bebop pioneer, James Moody's work had the elements of basic jazz at its root.

Dip in house sales takes gloss off US growth figures

The US economy expanded at a faster pace than previously estimated during the third quarter, official figures showed yesterday, but recovery hopes were tempered by evidence that the housing market remains hamstrung by tight credit conditions.

England's running puts Sheridan on back foot

Like a man who turned up expecting to be centre stage only to be left stuck in the wings Andrew Sheridan found England's sweeping, guns-blazing 35-18 victory over Australia on Saturday as much a shock as a memorable occasion.

All Blacks will fight to the death for Mealamu

New Zealand today confirmed they will fight "to the death" against the four-week ban handed down to hooker Keven Mealamu for an apparent headbutt on England's Lewis Moody.

Bath unable to hold rising Flood in rain

Leicester Tigers 21 Bath 15: England fly-half plays himself back to form and fitness with flawless kicking display in wet-weather battle as All Black challenge looms

Business Diary: The mystery of Sky's missing fan

It's the end of the era at Sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the first question at its annual general meeting has come from a Bristol City supporter disappointed about the lack of coverage of his team on Sky's football channels.

Moody likely to be fit to face New Zealand

Lewis Moody is on track to captain England against New Zealand on November 6 after making a rapid recovery from an eye injury which initially left him fearing for his sight.

Moody could miss New Zealand clash

England captain Lewis Moody faces a race against time to be fit for the autumn Test opener against New Zealand at Twickenham.

Moody's revisits Ireland's ratings

Ireland's standing in the credit markets could take another hit, the ratings agency Moody's warned, as it placed the country on review for a possible downgrade yesterday.

Borrowing hits record ahead of Coalition cuts

The gaping hole in the public finances was laid bare yesterday after borrowing grew to a record level in August as interest payments on sovereign debt jumped in line with higher inflation.

UK keeps triple-A credit rating as Moody's backs Government cuts

One of the world's premier rating agencies yesterday backed the UK's economy by maintaining its top credit rating, despite fears that the Government's cuts could send the country into a double-dip recession.

Irish debt downgrade raises fears of international deflation spiral

The colossal expense of rescuing Ireland's troubled banking sector has hit the republic's international credit rating once again.

Hungarians facing ratings downgrade

Ratings agencies may downgrade Hungary's sovereign debt after it snubbed the International Monetary Fund and rejected austerity measures in favour of a pro-growth policy to woo voters ahead of municipal elections in October.

David Prosser: Look across the Irish Sea for a glimpse of where our economy may be headed

Outlook: As in the UK, Ireland must build its recovery on more broadly based footings, with no prospect of property and finance regaining engine-room status
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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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