ARTICLES RELATING TO RATINGS

Moody's downgrades Mangaung Municipality even further

2020-01-28 21:37

Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the Mangaung Municipality's yet again.

Ferial Haffajee: Three reports signal global loss of trust in Ramaphosa’s reform drive. Eish!

2019-12-03 06:00

The buoyancy of the aftermath of the Bok rugby world cup win and the approach of the holiday season has masked the impact of three reports which together are a downer for the economy, says Ferial Haffajee.

Moody's cut could risk R118bn selloff, says SA Reserve Bank

2019-11-27 19:08

South African Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Kuben Naidoo has said if Moody’s Investors Service cuts the country’s credit rating to junk there could be a selloff of between R74bn and R118bn of its bonds.

SA is near junk status from all 3 rating agencies. What could follow?

2019-08-23 18:00

A lack of significant reforms led to the country being downgraded to junk status by both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch in April 2017. Only Moody’s has kept South Africa one notch above junk status. But for how long? asks Misheck Mutize.

SA is already looking like junk in the CDS market

2019-02-25 13:34

The consensus among economists is that South Africa will hold onto its investment grade status for the time being. Derivatives traders are not so sure.

Moody’s: Rising government debt hampers banking sector

2019-01-17 21:42

Rising public debt levels affect a country’s banking sector, with banks preferring to lend to government, which is seen as lower risk, according to Moody's senior vice president.

South Africa does not seek IMF support – Lagarde

2018-12-19 20:30

Ramaphosa’s anti-corruption drive gets a thumbs-up from IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.

Ratings D-day: SA likely to be spared a downgrade, say analysts

2018-10-12 07:57

Moody's will likely spare SA a downgrade of its sovereign credit rating despite (another) sudden rotation in the finance ministry, but may also decide to hold off on a decision, say analysts.

Eskom's return to international markets may come at a premium

2018-07-27 19:08

It won’t be a cheap welcome back into international debt markets for Eskom, says a prominent SA asset manager.

Eskom dodges Fitch ratings cut but stays on negative watch

2018-05-02 20:50

Global ratings agency Fitch has affirmed Eskom's 'BB-' credit rating despite its liquidity challenges, as South Africans wait to hear if load shedding will become a reality this winter.

 

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong's rating, citing the government's 'slow' response to protests

2020-01-21 10:52

"The underlying drivers of the protests are certainly deep-seated and intractable," Moody's said, calling the response "slow, tentative, and inconclusive."

S&P lowers outlook on SA banks

2019-11-27 19:49

The outlook of S&P on South African banks - including the government-owned Development Bank of South Africa - is now negative, in line with the rating agency's downgrade of its outlook on the SA sovereign.

SA heading for junk downgrade, rating forecaster says

2019-10-08 19:21

Renaissance Capital, which has correctly predicted eight sovereign rating decisions since May, is calling a downgrade to junk for SA next month.

Moody’s has gone from being cross with SA to giving us the silent treatment – and that is scarier by far

2019-04-01 08:45

It's not the parent who is threatening and cajoling a difficult kid that the kid should fear, it is the one who goes quiet. And that's what Moody's is doing to South Africa right now.

Shock turns to hope as traders bet SA can dodge downgrade

2019-02-20 16:50

Just minutes into his maiden budget speech and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni looked to have sparked a market rout.

Moody's: SA's future looks brighter - if it can keep the lights on

2019-01-14 17:38

SA and Nigeria, as sub-Saharan Africa's largest economies, are expected to recover slowly this year - but unstable power supply and ongoing labour struggles are among SA's biggest challenges, says a new report from ratings agency Moody's.

Fitch confirms ratings of SA's major banks at notch below investment grade

2018-11-16 13:25

Ratings agency Fitch has kept the ratings of five of SA's major banks at BB+ with a stable outlook.

October is high-risk month for rand's recovery

2018-10-01 07:30

Emerging markets are rebounding from the second-quarter horror show, but for South Africa’s rand October still holds large risks.

S&P ratings call shows investor sentiment changing - CEO

2018-05-28 13:03

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s decision to keep the outlook of SA’s sovereign debt rating at stable is a positive development and will help rebuild confidence in the country, said Nedbank CEO Mike Brown.

Stable outlook for SA banks, for the first time since 2013 - S&P

2018-02-02 21:00

South Africa’s banking sector is stable even though the economy is struggling with low economic growth, says S&P.

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