ARTICLES RELATING TO DOWNGRADES

SA downgrade won't be train smash - economist

2016-04-24 12:56

More downgrades of SA by ratings agencies will certainly not be a train smash, according to the head of fixed interest at Prudential Asset Management.

Junk downgrade: A self-fulfilling prophecy?

2016-04-21 06:47

If rating agencies are to plunge SA into junk economic status, they should at least provide clear reasons for doing so, argues a group of academics.

Junk call: SA will know in June

2016-04-10 18:14

South Africa will know in June whether it has survived a downgrade to junk status when ratings agency Standard & Poor's makes its judgment on the state of the economy.

SA at five minutes to midnight on poor policy choices

2016-03-22 13:48

A tense period lies ahead for SA as a decade of poor policy formulation and the resulting severe inefficiencies catches up with the country, says an analyst.

Team Pravin Gordhan just got stronger

2016-03-17 07:53

We are seeing a coordinated fight back by team Pravin Gordhan against the tenderpreneurs, says Nomura's emerging market economist Peter Attard Montalto.

Chris Hart: Nothing can prevent SA's slide to junk

2016-03-16 10:41

South Africa needs to be an extremely favourable investment destination if it wants to rescue the economy and prevent a downgrade to junk status, says Chris Hart.

Gordhan on mission to appease investors as downgrade looms

2016-03-09 12:24

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has moved to reassure markets that the government is serious about meeting its fiscal goals after Moody’s placed SA on intense watch.

Moody's places SA on downgrade review

2016-03-09 08:39

While Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is in the UK to woo investors and prevent a sovereign ratings downgrade, Moody's has placed SA on review for downgrade.

Moody's happy with tax, worried about growth

2016-02-25 07:48

Rating agency Moody's has expressed concern over revenue measures that will accomplish predicted smaller deficits as SA tries to avoid a junk rating.

Gordhan didn't do enough to avert junk rating - DA

2016-02-24 17:28

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan has not done enough to avoid a sovereign ratings downgrade for South Africa, according to the Democratic Alliance.

 

How SA could avoid junk status

2016-04-22 21:30

There are ways SA could avoid a ratings downgrade to junk status and turn the tide on the decline, says Lesiba Mothata, chief economist at Investment Solutions.

Andrew Canter: $1.25bn Eurobond shows SA is already being treated like a “junk” borrower

2016-04-12 06:40

What to watch out for in future, and how would bond market vigilantes react if either Jacob Zuma or Pravin Gordhan were to leave the stage? Andrew Canter discusses.

What SA can do to avoid junk status

2016-03-29 21:15

Without sufficient structural reforms to benefit longer-term growth, SA faces the prospect of junk status by year-end, warn economists at Momentum.

Political turmoil roils rand and rate bets

2016-03-17 10:14

Political turmoil is worsening in South Africa, undermining investor confidence in the country and hitting everything from the rand to interest rate bets.

SA sees biggest fight-back yet against state capture

2016-03-17 06:21

The Gupta bomb Mcebisi Jonas has dropped is damaging stuff – all while rating agency Moody’s is on its much-anticipated ‘downgrade-watch’ tour of SA, says Daniel Silke.

Govt not working together to avoid junk status - DA

2016-03-15 12:40

President Jacob Zuma’s government is so divided that it seems incapable of taking the hard decisions necessary to avoid a downgrade to junk status, says the DA.

Moody's on way to SA for thorough review

2016-03-09 10:30

Moody's Investors Service has announced it will come to South Africa for a thorough review, after placing the country on intense watch for now.

Montalto: Budget failed to remove downgrade threat

2016-02-25 14:44

Pravin Gordhan's budget may have made all the right noises but real shifts in attitude and genuine reform are needed to remove the junk status threat, says an analyst.

Rand reels as junk status hits Brazil amid Gordhan's budget

2016-02-24 18:00

In the midst of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech, Moody's downgraded Brazil to junk status, which is seen as the main cause for the weakness in the rand.

Will cutting Zuma's fat save SA from junk status?

2016-02-21 18:47

Slashing the size of President Jacob Zuma’s bloated Cabinet came up as one of many measures that business raised that could help avert a credit rating downgrade.

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