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The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who said ahead of Moody’s decision that “before too long, there will be funds flowing from China to the Irish sovereign”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The credit rating of the Irish Government has been raised to investment grade by Moody’s the most influential of the international credit rating agenc(...)

Moody’s, which gave Ireland its top Aaa grade in 1998 before the euro was introduced, cut the country’s rating to non-investment grade, or junk, in July 2011 following the financial collapse.  Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

The credit rating of the Irish Government has been raised to investment grade by Moody’s the most influential of the international credit rating agenc(...)

Ratings agency Fitch  said weak economic growth prospects could be a problem for the Netherlands.

The Netherlands kept its triple-A credit rating from Fitch, which said today the decision reflected the country’s strong underlying economic, institut(...)

Waiting for Moody’s upgrade
  • World
  • January 17, 2014, 01:01

Will Moody’s, a credit ratings agency, raise Ireland’s sovereign debt status from that of junk bond to investment grade? Moody’s decision will be anno(...)

Ratings agency Fitch announced it has upgraded Bank of Ireland’s viability rating to B+ from B, because “of further improvement in the bank’s risk profile”. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Bank of Ireland’s “viability rating” (VR), one of the main criteria considered when assessing the bank’s likelih(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last month he hoped Moody’s would raise the country from junk in early 2014 after Ireland exited the bailout programme in December. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government may be left disappointed by Moody’s Investors Service, as analysts forecast the ratings company will leave the country’s credit ranking(...)

Aer Lingus and Ryanair had contrasting days. While Aer Lingus rose by 0.6 per cent to €1.409, Ryanair closed down 2.3 per cent at €6.60 on profit taking. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks posted a gain in the first full week of 2014, as data showed US and German unemployment fell and that Ireland returned to the bond mar(...)

Draghi’s warning

Comments by European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, have dampened some of the understandable enthusiasm that has surrounded Ireland’s exit from(...)

For these tests to have any credibility with capital markets, some banks in the euro area will probably have to fail the tests

Next year is going to be a big one in Irish banking. For about the sixth year in a row. It’s the year when Fitch expects AIB and Bank of Ireland to re(...)

Fitch does not see current price changes in the Dublin property market as sustainable, and says they are based on a supply shortage. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One in five residential mortgages that are in arrears for more than 90 days are likely to end up with the associated properties being repossessed, acc(...)

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