ARTICLES RELATING TO RATINGS

Tackling unemployment in SA

2016-06-10 06:00

South Africa needs to focus on developing technical skills and become competitive at attracting investments that utilise unskilled labour.

Rand falters as US rate risk resurfaces

2016-05-27 09:39

The rand has edged weaker as risk appetite faded globally before a speech by the US central bank that could signal higher interest rates, drawing attention away from SA.

Don’t let fear set you up for investment failure

2016-03-17 15:13

Anet Ahern, chief investment officer at PSG Asset Management, on what investors should keep in mind during turbulent economic times.

In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-02-29 07:00

Last week, the Bank of Japan’s governor had some explaining to do at the G20 meeting in Shanghai, while SA was mostly focused on the Budget Speech. What can we look forward to this week?

Possibility of SA junk downgrade remote - S&P

2015-11-26 16:50

South Africa is unlikely to immediately face credit downgrades that will rank the country’s debt junk at two ratings companies, according to Standard & Poor’s.

Bank of America dares on SA bonds, trusting Nene as peers dissent

2015-07-17 11:43

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is out on a limb with its call to buy South African dollar bonds, while SA's finance minister has shown resolve to get the fiscal house in order.

Low growth, public debt jeopardise rates outlook

2015-04-23 12:50

A lacklustre growth outlook and rising public debt remain the most crucial factors that can lead to negative ratings from ratings agencies, says the Reserve Bank.

S&P warns of imminent downgrade for miners

2015-04-14 11:09

Standard & Poor's has warned it may soon downgrade several mining companies as it lowered its iron ore price estimates for the next couple of years.

SA rating may not change over next 24 months

2015-03-09 15:57

South Africa’s credit rating is unlikely to change in the next review, but an electricity crunch will shave 30% off this year's economic growth, says S&P's ratings agency.

Economy at the abyss

2014-07-04 07:23

It's time for government to take the downgrade threat seriously, says Mzwandile Jacks.

 

SA interbank transactions drop most in 8 years - index

2016-06-08 14:14

Interbank transactions under R5m in May recorded its largest drop in a single month since August 2008, the BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index shows.

While 2016 will only get worse, 2017 brings hope in SA

2016-04-13 14:52

South African consumers are in for tough economic times in 2016 due to the drought and the effect of an imminent ratings downgrade, but 2017 could offer some relief.

Government bonds and credit ratings: How they work and why they matter

2016-03-15 12:00

In recent months, much has been said about a possible ratings downgrade of South Africa’s sovereign debt. finweek’s contributor Simon Brown breaks it down for you.

Brazil on review for cut to junk status

2015-12-10 14:30

Moody's has put Brazil's sovereign rating on review for a downgrade to junk status, piling more pressure on embattled President Dilma Rousseff.

Zambia urges investors to ignore Moody’s downgrade

2015-09-28 09:43

Zambia has urged investors to ignore what it calls an 'unsolicited' credit downgrade from rating agency Moody's and says it is mindful of the need to maintain debt.

Fitch affirms negative outlook for SA economy

2015-06-08 08:53

Government has acknowledged that economic growth performance needs to be accelerated, in response to Fitch Ratings' affirmation of South Africa’s credit rating.

S&P affirms Eqstra Holdings' rating

2015-04-22 09:12

S&P’s Rating Service has affirmed Eqstra Holdings' zaBBB+ rating, noting the company's resilient financial performance in a challenging domestic environment.

Power crisis cripples investment, risks rating

2015-04-08 13:27

The economy could have been 10% larger if power shortages had not stifled growth and investment, putting SA's debt at risk of being cut to junk, estimates show.

Money markets 'AAA' rating unlikely - Fitch

2014-10-07 08:24

Fitch Ratings says South African money market funds are highly unlikely to achieve a 'AAA' National Fund Credit Rating.

Eskom credit rating downgraded

2014-06-20 19:36

Eskom has noted the lowering of its credit rating by Fitch, but added that it continues to target the stability of its credit profile.

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