CATASTROPHE!… S&P DOWNGRADES US CREDIT RATING FOR FIRST TIME EVER!
OBAMA CATASTRPHE CONTINUES!
Standard and Poor’s cut the nation’s rating for the first time ever from AAA to AA+.
U.S. Treasuries, once undisputedly seen as the safest investment in the world, are now rated lower than bonds issued by countries such as the UK, Germany, France or Canada.
The AP reported:
The United States has lost its coveted top AAA credit rating.
Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Friday downgraded the nation’s rating for the first time since the U.S. won the top ranking in 1917. The move came after Congress haggled over budget cuts and the nation’s borrowing limit — and failed to cut enough government spending to satisfy S&P. The issue has contributed to convulsions in financial markets.
The drop in the rating by one notch to AA-plus was expected. The three main credit agencies, which also include Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch, had warned during the budget fight that if Congress did not cut spending far enough, the country faced a downgrade. S&P said that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country’s debt situation. Moody’s said Friday it was keeping its AAA rating on the nation’s debt, but that it might still lower it.
One of the biggest questions after the downgrade was what impact it would have on already nervous investors. Many financial analysts said investors were expecting a downgrade. But some selling was expected when stock trading resumed Monday morning. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 699 points this week, the biggest weekly point drop since October 2008.
Jammie Wearing Fool has the graphic.