One of the world's leading credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor's, has downgraded the United States' top-notch AAA rating for the first time ever. S&P cut the long-term US rating by one notch to AA+ with a negative outlook, citing concerns about budget deficits.
In this way, what does AAA rating mean?
Definition. A bond rating assigned to an investment grade debt instrument. AAA is the highest possible rating and reflects an opinion that that the issuer has the current capacity to meet its debt obligations and has an extremely low solvency risk from changes in business, financial, or economic conditions.
Also to know, who has a AAA credit rating?
Currently there are only two companies in the United States with an AAA credit rating: Microsoft and Johnson and Johnson.
What is the highest bond rating?
Bonds with a rating of BBB- (on the Standard & Poor's and Fitch scale) or Baa3 (on Moody's) or better are considered "investment-grade." Bonds with lower ratings are considered "speculative" and often referred to as "high-yield" or "junk" bonds.
When did us lose AAA rating?
August 5, 2011