From Investment-Grade to Bankruptcy in 4 Months: Why Ratings Agencies are Still a Joke

by Wolf Richter
Wolf Street

Whom are they trying to fool?

The largest bankruptcy in Brazil’s history occurred on Monday when telecommunications carrier Oi SA threw in the towel. On Tuesday, it also filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US. A euro-denominated debt payment is coming due in less than a month, and it doesn’t have the money.

It owes creditors 65 billion reais ($19 billion). This includes 50 billion reais in bonds and bank loans, some of them denominated in foreign currencies.

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