The United States had just lost its AAA credit rating from S&P, and they have announced that another downgrade may be coming within the next 12/18 months.
The debt ceiling scenario was the chief source of market angst in the last few months, and the GOP was wrong to use it as leverage to achieve some of the things they were demanding. Now the whole country will feel the negative effects. Will others follow S&P?
United States loses AAA credit rating from S & P
NEW YORK | Fri Aug 5, 2011 8:19pm EDT
Aug 5 (Reuters) - The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy.
S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits.
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 outlook on the new U.S. credit rating is negative, S&P said in a statement, a sign that another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months. (Reporting by Walter Brandimarte; Editing by Jan Paschal)
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