I apologize for having not put up the Sunday link-fest for several weeks. The Sunday link-fest actually takes me more time to do then most of my other articles, as I scan dozens of sites for the best articles; I simply did not have time. This week I got to it, and I plan on continuing it as regular for the future. As I mentioned earlier, I will keep the Consuelo Mack Interview as a separate post, unless it is not particularly high profile, interesting interview. This week I included it at the bottom, although it is quite an interesting topics.

This week’s link-fest has a special emphasis on the S&P downgrade of US debt. H/T to http://abnormalreturns.com/ for a lot of the great finds.

Full Text: Standard and Poor’s Downgrades US Debt

Check out the spread on sovereign bonds rated AAA by S&P.  (Baseline Scenario alsoSurlyTrader)

S&P will likely face a backlash due to their decision.  (A Dash of Insight)

How Would You Run a Rating Agency?

On the S&P Downgrade

When The Rating Agencies Do Matter

It is time to remove the central role of NSRSOs in the financial system.  (Rajiv Sethi)

Sovereign defaults are ultimately political decisions, not economic ones.  (Felix Salmon)

US downgrade heralds a new financial era – By Mohamed El-Erian

Rating Agencies to Government: Go Back to College!

Character has long since dropped out the ’5 C’s of credit.’  (Interfluidity)

How should ratings agencies react to novel credit structures?  (Aleph Blog)

What would happen to the ratings agencies if they lost their regulatory clout?  (Crooked Timber)

Is this the beginning of a credit correction in emerging markets?

Sunday Spectacle CXXXIV

Bank of America on S&P’s waiting game…

What does Bill Gates Read for Fun? – Farnam Street

What Concerns Passport Capital

Horizon Kinetics: P/B values and the valuation of the S&P 500 vs. Berkshire Hathaway

T30 update: Into the valley of Death

Hedge Fund Third Point Reduces Equity Exposure For Third Consecutive Month

Merger Arbitrage Mondays – August 1, 2011

Time To Break Up?

The investment process, Fairholme, and Bank of America

A Market Correction is a Great Time to Buy

Tutorial to Easily Auto Track Insider Transactions

Bank of New York Mellon charging for parking cash

Is Your Business Biased Against Innovation?

Wait and See, at a Cost

Stocks Are Cheaper, but Not Cheap

I agree with Roger McNamee: Microsoft will be extinct

Niederhoffer on the VIX

On this week’s Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Consuelo talks to a financial thought leader who is challenging a bedrock principle of investing. Award-winning University of Chicago finance professor, Lubos Pastor explains why stocks are not necessarily best for the long run.