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S&P, Moody's Warn On U.S. Credit Rating
Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Mark Brown and Nathalie Boschat

Posted on 01/13/2011 6:17:57 AM PST by Zakeet

Two leading credit rating agencies on Thursday cautioned the U.S. on its credit rating, expressing concern over a deteriorating fiscal situation that they say needs correction.

Moody's Investors Service said in a report Thursday that the U.S. will need to reverse an upward trajectory in the debt ratios to support its triple-A rating.

"We have become increasingly clear about the fact that if there are not offsetting measures to reverse the deterioration in negative fundamentals in the U.S., the likelihood of a negative outlook over the next two years will increase," said Sarah Carlson, senior analyst at Moody's.

Standard & Poor's Corp. on Thursday also didn't rule out changing the outlook for its U.S. sovereign-debt rating because of the recent deterioration of the country's fiscal situation. The U.S. currently has a triple-A rating with a stable outlook at both agencies.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; moodys; ratings; sp; usdebt

... and every one percent hike in interest rates adds another $140 billion to the deficit ... and if S&P and Moody's cut the US credit ratings, interest expense will soar ... which will put further pressure on credit ratings ... which will increase borrowing costs ...

1 posted on 01/13/2011 6:17:59 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Oh who cares he healed us all last night.


2 posted on 01/13/2011 6:24:08 AM PST by redk
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To: The Comedian

Ping.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 6:24:31 AM PST by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: Zakeet

4 posted on 01/13/2011 6:27:15 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Zakeet

Every Freeper knew this was coming.


5 posted on 01/13/2011 7:07:16 AM PST by kidd
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To: Zakeet

Are these the same Moody’s that rated the collateralized mortgage obligations and securitizations AAA?
Moody’s is a scam, they have no Idea what they are talking about...Rating is supposed to be based on the ability to PAY, the U.S uses Fiat money, IT CAN ALWAYS PAY BACK IT’S DEBT!


6 posted on 01/13/2011 7:11:46 AM PST by jrl1 (t)
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To: Bullish; CJ Wolf; houeto; Quix; B4Ranch; Whenifhow; Silentgypsy; blam; FromLori; Lurker; ...
Order-this-special-When-The-Dollar-was-Valuable-commemorative-silver-coin-for-your-children-who-missed-the-actual-experience ping.

(Thanks for the ping houeto!)

"Economic Holocaust" ping.

Increasing volume ping list watching the slow motion Economic Holocaust.

FReepmail me if you want on or off
The Comedian's "Economic Holocaust" ping list...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

7 posted on 01/13/2011 7:40:27 AM PST by The Comedian (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope.)
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To: Zakeet

I wish Barry would open his eyes.


8 posted on 01/13/2011 7:42:50 AM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: The Comedian
Like watching Gomez Addams' train wreck in slow-motion...


9 posted on 01/13/2011 7:44:27 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Zakeet

Moody’s and Std & Poor’s better watch that kind of talk or Obama will send some of his ChiKago goons over to have a nice little chat with them.


10 posted on 01/13/2011 7:46:22 AM PST by OB1kNOb (You are free to choose your actions, but never the resulting consequences.)
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To: JPG
I wish Barry would open his eyes.

Oh, but they are open.

11 posted on 01/13/2011 7:48:57 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: JPG

I wish Americans (FReepers excluded) would open their eyes.


12 posted on 01/13/2011 7:52:50 AM PST by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Zakeet

Moody’s helped Mark Warner get a tax hike with false ‘credit warnings’ for Virginia.

Didn’t work for Kaine though, so I guess they’re just lying here to help Dems get the debt limit raised.


13 posted on 01/13/2011 7:56:37 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: Jane Long
Bottom line is kill the baby-boomers (terminal health care) ASAP. Save money and confiscate all their property via the death tax.

Problem solved. Welcome to socialist utopia, just be sure to die young.

14 posted on 01/13/2011 8:27:21 AM PST by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Zakeet

What an offensive picture! Steve Urkel was a likable character...


15 posted on 01/13/2011 8:39:52 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: COBOL2Java
That image is going to make it into regular rotation. Kudos.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

16 posted on 01/13/2011 8:55:34 AM PST by The Comedian (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope.)
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To: The Comedian
I wonder if the times-a-comin’ where the market will demand we issue Treasury debt in another currency like Canadian Dollars or Chinese Yuan. Or even a precious metal.
17 posted on 01/13/2011 10:00:09 AM PST by MichaelCorleone
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To: Zakeet
Wow! It MUST be bad if even Johnny come lately Moody’s and S&P have noticed the credit deterioration...
18 posted on 01/13/2011 10:42:47 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington
Wow! It MUST be bad if even Johnny come lately Moody’s and S&P have noticed the credit deterioration...

The credit evaluation agencies noticed the problem years ago. Their whole exercise is, after all, nothing more than ginning a few financial ratios. They kept their mouths shut due to browbeating by Treasury and the Fed.

What's different is the problem has become so critical and so obvious that these clowns are now more afraid of class action lawyers than their government masters.

And that is indeed bad!

19 posted on 01/13/2011 10:57:06 AM PST by Zakeet (Always trust in the five G's: God, Gold, Guns, Grub, and the Government screwing up)
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To: Zakeet

Raising the debt ceiling will cure that. /s


20 posted on 01/13/2011 10:58:29 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: redk

“Oh who cares he healed us all last night.”

LOL


21 posted on 01/13/2011 11:27:25 AM PST by Qbert
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To: mrsmith

>the debt limit raised.

Yup. Our three weapons are fear, fear and fear.

Bernanke, Paulson et al steamrolled Bush and any Congressmen of either party who dared resist the first bailout. And then all bets were off and the spigots loosened to enable bankers to live the life they are accustomed to. Beats hanging by their necks from lampposts and trees, y’know.

Worked then. If I was to bet, I’d bet on the ceiling being raised. The threat of a downgrade in rating and/or the inability to borrow more albeit at higher rates would be too dire to contemplate. There, fear again. Works like a charm :>>

Now, at some point, interest on the debt surpasses the size of the Pentagon’s budget.

You ever get a fin de siecle feeling sometimes.


22 posted on 01/13/2011 11:35:26 AM PST by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes! Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -America is almost SmokFrei!)
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