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Moody’s considers downgrading U.S. credit rating

A scenario former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson described as “unthinkable” during a recent discussion in Aspen is apparently imaginable in the minds of Moody's Investors Service. Moody's is the first of the big-three rating agencies to place the United States' triple-A rating on review for a possible downgrade. The agency said there is a small but rising risk the federal government could default on its debt.

John Paulson, central to Goldman deal, buys Aspen home

Prominent – some say infamous - hedge fund manager John Paulson has found a great place to invest some of the reported $1 billion...

Paulson’s daughter denies report former treasury secretary bought Aspen home

Realaspen.com late Monday reported the daughter of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson denied her father purchased a $24.5 million Aspen estate, as...

Realaspen.com: Paulson plops down $24.5 million for Aspen pad

Editor's note: Realaspen.com late Monday posted an update to its original story, saying Paulson's daughter, Amanda, contacted the website to deny her father purchased...

Credit crisis bailout ‘largest outlay in American history,’ author says

It's enough to make your head spin. Seems like every time we turn around, someone's proposing another multi-hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out this, shore up that or rebuild something or other. Remember in the distant past of September, when the $700 billion rescue plan shocked everyone from Wall Street to Main Street? That was just the beginning.

Political bedlam

All of the political leaders blessed the deal, but the House of Representatives spit it out anyway. The Wall Street bailout is so odious to public opinion, the "people's house" rejected it, 228-205. The fever chart in Wall Street — better known as the stock market — swooned instantly, with the Dow falling 700 points. The political bedlam in Washington is as real as it gets.

Presidential nominees ignore credit crunch

As the presidential campaign heats up, the candidates are sure to intensify their differences on national security, the Iraq war and tax relief for the middle class, and they’ll no doubt tear into each other’s positions during the coming debates. But, based on the contest so far, don’t look for either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain to take on the biggest, most troublesome economic problem facing many American families and financial institutions — the credit crunch.