The global rating agency Standards & Poor’s recently downgraded the United States esteemed “AAA” debt rating, a rating it has held since 1917. The nation’s credit rating has now been reduced to a less favorable “AA+,” after S & P said the compromise made by Congress and President Obama to cut spending and boost the debt ceiling fell short.
S&P repeatedly warned the U.S. rating was at risk if Washington did not agree to reduce deficit spending by $4 trillion over 10 years. This week’s agreement would cut spending by about $900 billion and create a joint congressional committee to find $1.5 trillion more by Thanksgiving.
The downgrade comes at a treacherous time for financial markets, which are already unnerved not only by mounting concerns about government debt and the economy in the U.S., but also in Europe. The move could undermine confidence in our country and has the potential to pull the rug from under investors who are already on the edge. Financial experts say American consumers will most likely see higher interest rates in adjustable rate mortgages, car loans, student loans, and credit cards.
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