How This U.S. Debt Downgrade is Different from 2011


By: Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA, Chief Equity Strategist & Lawrence GillumCFA, Chief Fixed Income Strategist

It’s different this time. The four (or five) most dangerous words in investing. We’ll take the risk and use those words here as we break down the recent decision by credit rating agency Fitch to downgrade U.S. government debt to its second-highest rating, AA+ (note that several countries in Europe, including Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland enjoy AAA ratings, as do Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) and Microsoft (MSFT)). We compare the potential market impact of this decision to what markets experienced in 2011 when S&P issued its U.S. debt downgrade.

Read the full commentary here:weekly-market-commentary-08.14.2023


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