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CBO – Taxpayer Cost is $31B for Troubled Asset Relief Program

To AutoInformed’s knowledge not one person at the firms responsible has been successfully prosecuted for what was rampant financial fraud that caused the housing and stock markets to collapse as the ratings agencies paid by the swindlers continued to claim the complex financial instruments issued were investment grade when they were indeed junk. Junk bonds – never has a financial instrument so honestly been named. Continue reading

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Ford Family and Other Shareholders to Receive Dividends

Ford still remains heavily in debt – at $12.7 billion. However, Ford decreased automotive debt by $1.3 billion in the third quarter of this year, including payment of the remaining $1.8 billion balance of secured Term Loan debt, which was offset partially by an increase in controversial taxpayer-subsidized low-cost loans from the Department of Energy to support advanced technology under the guise of retooling existing plants. Continue reading

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Standard & Poor’s Raises Ford Motor to Highest Junk Level, Credit Watch Removed after No Cost Increase UAW Contract

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has raised its corporate credit rating on Ford Motor and Ford Motor Credit to ‘BB+’ from ‘BB-‘. This is just one notch below investment grade. Ford bonds have been appropriately rated as “junk” since 2005, … Continue reading

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Ford Reduces Debt With Successful Conversion Offers

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced today the results of conversion offers of bonds for stock that will reduce the company’s Automotive debt by more than $1.9 billion, lowering annualized interest costs by about $180 million.

However, Ford is still listed as below investment grade by the rating agencies such as Moody’s Investors Service (Ba2) and Standard & Poor’s B+. Both junk ratings raise borrowing costs and limit large funds from buying Ford bonds. Ford lost its investment grade rating in 2005. Continue reading

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