Credit ratings

Moody’s Credit Rating reflected a weakened outlook of gold as it reduced its assumption for gold price in the next couple of years. Cutting its Gold price forecast for the year, Moody’s Investor’s Service said that the credit ratings of the Canada’s largest precious metal producers are at a risk.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is nearing adoption of rules for cutting references to credit ratings from regulations including those determining how much capital a broker must hold to meet obligations.
"Why would anyone buy credit default swaps on the U.S. government? If the U.S. ever defaulted it would be because the world ended, so no one would be around to pay you on your CDS," is a thing that people more or less used to say.
Investors shouldn’t trust the opinion of Moody’s Investors Service on the U.S.’s Aaa rating and should rely instead on the company’s competitors, according to Pacific Investment Management Co. founder Bill Gross.
Standard & Poor’s, at the first court hearing over the U.S. government’s claims that the rating service defrauded investors, argued reasonable investors wouldn’t have relied on its “puffery” about credit ratings.
Alcoa Inc.’s speculative-grade credit ranking at Moody’s Investors Service makes it only the second junk-rated Dow Jones Industrial Average company in at least three decades. It took four years for the first to be ejected.
Fitch Ratings Ltd. cut China’s long-term local-currency debt rating, citing increasing risks to the country’s financial stability given the lack of transparency in the increased borrowing of local governments.
Fitch Ratings said its AAA credit rankings on France, the U.S. and the U.K. are likely to come under pressure this year due to slow economic growth and high debt levels.
The global bond market disagreed with Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s more often than not this year when the companies told investors that governments were becoming safer or more risky.
Standard & Poor’s Japan unit was ordered by the nation’s financial watchdog to improve its system for verifying and updating credit ratings in the regulator’s first action against a ratings company.