Archive - August 16, 2011

Which Countries Are Still AAA?

Which Countries Are Still AAA?

Now that Standard and Poor’s has lowered the US debt rating to AA+, only sixteen nations have the highest rating from all three major ratings agencies (S&P, Moody’s and Fitch).

The nations still considered most credit-worthy by the “big three” ratings agencies are:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Isle of Man
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

A look at the list helps explain why, in spite of the S&P downgrade, US Treasuries have remained strong this week.  Most of these nations have economies that are tiny compared with the US, and the amount …

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