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  • Why the bond rating system works

    In its March 11 editorial, "Rethinking state bond ratings," The Times editorial board suggested that because state and local governments default on their obligations less often than corporations do, all bonds issued by governmental entities should...
  • Letters to the editor

    Anything goes? No Re “Keeping L.A.’s signs vital,” Critic’s Notebook, March 26 Is there anything that makes Los Angeles look more like Podunk than the proliferation of gigantic Lady Liberties? Is it true that Times...
  • Nazareth schools OK borrowing $31 million

    The Nazareth Area Board of Education earlier this week unanimously signed off on floating a bond for up to $31 million as the final borrowing package to pay for the ongoing middle school project and to refinance existing debt. The bond would give the...
  • U.S. carmakers are flat-out hurting

    U.S. carmakers are flat-out hurting
    America's Big Three automakers are looking awfully small these days. Speculation about asset sales, takeovers and even bankruptcy for the former titans of Detroit raged Thursday as a stock market rout after a downgrade by Goldman Sachs brought shares...
  • Del Mar wants to buy fairgrounds

    Del Mar wants to buy fairgrounds
    The county's smallest city, Del Mar, wants to make a multi-million-dollar purchase to help cash-strapped California. A letter of intent is in the works to the state to make the bid for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It sits on nearly 300 acres of coastal...
  • CalPERS appears to be a willing victim

    CalPERS appears to be a willing victim
    Students of the fine art of pointing fingers know that the key thing is to not make yourself look like an idiot in the process. By that standard, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System just flunked. In a lawsuit filed this month in...
  • Financial Report Hurts Foxwoods Tribe's Credit

    Financial Report Hurts Foxwoods Tribe's Credit
    Standard & Poor's on Wednesday downgraded the creditworthiness of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, following disclosures about the severity of the tribe's financial problems. The credit rating agency reduced the tribe's...
  • Economy, rivals biting petsmart, despite strengths

    Q: If everyone is supposed to be so into pets, why isn't my stock in PetSmart Inc. up this year? --F.L., via the Internet A: You're right about the pet trend. About 63 percent of U.S. households now own a pet and owners will have spent an estimated...
  • Bond backer may see its troubles grow exponentially

    You think your credit rating is important? Try being the largest U.S. insurer of bonds and asset-backed securities after publicly acknowledging that it has $8.1 billion in exposure to the riskiest of collateralized debt obligations backed by subprime...
  • Today's News From the Cars.com Family

     
    Ask.cars.com takes on the issue of car loans today. Just how much will your credit rating affect the terms of your loan? The answer is complicated. Elsewhere, this may be one of the last years you??????ll be able to drive......
  • Blagojevich woes to cost Illinois money

     
    by Frank James Many people may not know (I didn't until a few minutes ago) that Gov. Rod Blagojevich's problems could potentially cost Illinois taxpayers significant money. How so? A Bloomberg report explains: Fitch Ratings cut the credit rating...
  • Schumer: The Sen. from the Great State of CYA

     
    It's kind of like reading a novel about a schizophrenic Senator who can't resist doing favors for donors, but feels bad about it after he lets them wreck the nation's economy. For some light weekend reading, you might want......