from AAA to AA first time in history
On April 18, 2011 S&P put the U.S. government on notice that USA risked losing the AAA rating it had since 1941 unless lawmakers agreed on a plan by 2013 to reduce budget deficits and the national debt. It indicated last month that anything less than $4 trillion in cuts would jeopardize the rating.
New Zealand is the only country other than the U.S. that has a AA+ rating from S&P and an AAA grade from Moody’s.
Belgium has an equivalent AA+ grade from S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.
Since 1917 USA enjoyed the AAA credit Rating this is the first time that the credit rating of USA fallen below AAA credit rating from S&P that is Standard & Poor's, the credit rating agency
The credit rating agency said that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus.
S&P credit rating agency said that We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to 'AA+' from 'AAA' and affirmed the 'A-1+' short-term rating.
The rating may be cut to AA within two years if spending reductions are lower than agreed to.
We have also removed both the short- and long-term ratings from Credit Watch negative.
On August 2 American congress , politicians agreed to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and put in place a plan to enforce $2.4 trillion in spending reductions over the next 10 years, less than the $4 trillion S&P had said it preferred.
S&P said in a statement that “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics,”
S&P said the U.S.’s debt may rise to 74 percent of gross domestic product by year-end, to 79 percent in 2015 and 85 percent by 2021.
Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed their AAA credit ratings on August 2, 2011.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimated that a downgrade would raise the nation’s borrowing costs by $100 billion a year.
In 1998, S&P lowered ratings for Belgium, Italy and Spain. A week later, their 10-year rates had barely moved.
What will be the impact or effect on USA after the downgrade by S&P
1. The interest rates the USA government pays to finance the growing national debt will rise
2. The interest rates will go up on Basic credit facilities -- like mortgages, student loans and credit cards
3. Rise in consumer interest
4. Will become more difficult to get the loans
5. Job loss – as companies will try to save money
6. gold prices will go up
7. Silver prices will go up
8. Less profits from stock market
What will happen now as American lost AAA credit rating?
There is no option nothing is going to change as World has no option but to continue and treat America as the Leader and No.1 but in next 25 Years china will become No.1 if same policies are followed by American politicians, the policies which damage American Economy.
China has accumulated more than $1.16 trillion in the securities
Currently dollar is enjoying the status of world currency but now dollar is losing that status very slowly.
Now this will give rise to gold and silver prices as rich countries and rich people will start to invest in gold and silver.
The U.S. currency’s portion of global currency reserves dropped to 60.7 percent in the period ended March 31, from a peak of 72.7 percent in 2001, data from the International Monetary Fund
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Saturday, August 06, 2011
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