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Canceling student-loan debt could have limited positive impact and introduce ‘moral hazard’ that would make the situation worse, MoodyR...

If student loan debt were canceled, "the magnitude of the stimulus would depend on the size of the debt relief and income level of the beneficiaries."

We need ‘a lot more help from President Trump’ to prevent a global recession, says Moody’s chief economist

Mark Zandi said the economy needs "him not to pursue this trade war and certainly not escalate the war." If more goes wrong, we'll see recession, he said.

Moody’s downgraded Ford to ‘junk’ status amid a massive restructuring — and its stock is set to tank

"Ford is undertaking this restructuring from a weak position as measures of cash flow and profit margins are below our expectations," Moody's said.

Millennials have helped take credit-card popularity back to full throttle. Banks are getting nervous and starting to crack down.

The US credit-card party has roared back to full throttle, thanks in part to millennials. But banks are tightening up who they'll let open accounts.

An ‘Achilles’ heel’ in credit markets means fund managers are bracing for a recession — here’s how they’re adjusti...

Fund managers at a Moody's conference are growing wary that a US recession might happen in the next year and are tweaking their portfolios to prepare.
This is the latest in a series of gloomy results for the housing market, which took a dark turn toward the end of 2018.

Home sales continue to get whacked, falling to a 3-year low, and an increase in mortgage delinquencies is looming

The housing market got more bad news this week, as existing-home sales fell again in January, hitting a three-year low.
It's too soon to panic, but a deeper drought in housing is bad news for just about everybody.

Americans stopped buying homes in 2018, mortgage lenders are getting crushed, and an economic storm could be brewing

The US housing market took a dark turn in 2018 as homebuying fell off a cliff and lenders saw a drop-off in applications, originations, and profits.
The decline of America's middle class is starting to catch up with retailers.

Moody’s warns the decline of the middle class will make 2019 a rough year for retailers

Uneven income gains and rising interest will affect some households' ability to buy things and hurt retailers' growth in 2019, Moody's says.

AMD tumbles into a bear market before getting upgraded at Moody’s

Despite the recent slump, Moody's cites "improved product positioning" in AMD's personal-computing business as well as custom chip uses like video games, which rely heavily on graphics cards for fast-processing and smooth rendering.

Ford ‘must execute significant structural change’

Writing to clients Friday, Morgan Stanley said its new negative outlook which accompanies the downgrade to Baa3 from Baa2 — one notch above a junk rating — means "there is still enough time to execute," but comes with a glaring warning: "we just wish we knew the plan."