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From the Ted Talk "Annette Heuser: The 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies"

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And I can tell, as you're listening to me right now, you're thinking, so why should I really care about this, right? Be honest. Well, ratings affect you. They affect all of us. If a rating ______ rates a country, it basically assesses and evaluates a country's debt and the ability and ___________ of a country to repay its debt. So if a country gets downgraded by a rating agency, the country has to pay more in order to borrow money on the _____________ markets. So it affects you as a citizen and as a taxpayer, because you and your fellow countrymen have to pony up more in order to ______. But what if a country can't afford to pay more because it's maybe too expensive? Well, then the country has less available for other services, like roads, _______, healthcare. And this is the reason why you should ____, because sovereign ratings affect everyone. And that is the reason why I believe they should be _______ as public goods. They should be ___________, accessible, and available to everyone at no ____.

Solution

  1. willingness
  2. defined
  3. agency
  4. borrow
  5. cost
  6. schools
  7. international
  8. transparent
  9. care

Original Text

And I can tell, as you're listening to me right now, you're thinking, so why should I really care about this, right? Be honest. Well, ratings affect you. They affect all of us. If a rating agency rates a country, it basically assesses and evaluates a country's debt and the ability and willingness of a country to repay its debt. So if a country gets downgraded by a rating agency, the country has to pay more in order to borrow money on the international markets. So it affects you as a citizen and as a taxpayer, because you and your fellow countrymen have to pony up more in order to borrow. But what if a country can't afford to pay more because it's maybe too expensive? Well, then the country has less available for other services, like roads, schools, healthcare. And this is the reason why you should care, because sovereign ratings affect everyone. And that is the reason why I believe they should be defined as public goods. They should be transparent, accessible, and available to everyone at no cost.

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rating agencies 10
rating agency 7
sovereign ratings 5
ratings affect 3
current system 3

Important Words

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  12. cost
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  18. evaluates
  19. expensive
  20. fellow
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  22. healthcare
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  31. public
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  37. roads
  38. schools
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  41. taxpayer
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  44. willingness