| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:23 PM
WASHINGTON — The effect of the partial government shutdown began hitting businesses Tuesday, with the potential for bigger problems if federal agencies remained closed more than a few days.
A budget stalemate left many agencies with no money,...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 6:54 AM
WASHINGTON -- The shrinking budget deficit and improving economy has led Moody's Investor Services to affirm the nation's AAA credit rating and upgrade the outlook for government debt to stable from a negative watch that could have led to a downgrade....
| Aug 1, 2013
WASHINGTON — Improving economic data is making the prospects more likely that the Federal Reserve will start tapering its massive bond buying next month, a move that suggests the recovery is on solid ground but that would be likely to roil Wall...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:49 PM
WASHINGTON — You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn't quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then, Fannie Mae...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 9:17 PM
For all the mixed messages from the Fed and the uncertainty that has roiled financial markets recently, one thing looks very clear: The era of declining interest rates is over.
After three decades in which borrowing costs for Americans have pretty...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 9:58 AM
WASHINGTON -- Standard & Poor's, which downgraded the U.S. credit rating nearly two years ago, said Monday it was more optimistic about the nation's long-term fiscal situation and had removed the negative outlook from the rating.
The automatic federal...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 9:12 AM
A major Wall Street rating agency said Monday morning that Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposal shows California's finances are on the mend. But the agency, Moody's Investors Service, cautioned that California's progress could easily stall given...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 5:52 PM
After high-profile bankruptcies occurred in Stockton and San Bernardino, the financial rating agency Moody’s Corp. has been reviewing the stability of dozens of California cities in recent months....
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Credit rating agency Moody's said in a report released Friday that San Bernardino's and Compton's disputes with CalPERS, the state's public employee pension fund, could have ramifications for other cities and their creditors. "These situations could...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Nokia Corp., the Finnish phone maker already in a world of hurt, had its credit rating downgraded to junk status by Moody’s Investors Service on Friday.
The company's rating fell a notch to Ba1, from Baa3, and is now held at junk status by all...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 6:55 AM
You may have heard last week about a couple of big lawsuits brought by federal and state governments, alleging that the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's concocted a fraudulent scheme that contributed to trillions of dollars in investment losses...