U.S. Officially Loses Coveted AAA Credit Rating

American politicians didn't take budget stewardship seriously enough.

This is what happens.

A second Big 3 credit rating agency, Fitch, has chopped U.S. sovereign debt to AA+ from AAA. The firm cites runaway deficits and "expected fiscal deterioration over the next three years" as reasons.

By Fitch's definition, the U.S. now has a "very strong capacity" to pay its debts instead of an "exceptionally strong capacity."

Moody's is the only top agency maintaining a triple-A rating on long-term U.S. federal debt.

Counterintuitive mortgage rate impact

This unfortunate news for U.S. sovereign credit comes on top of much higher expected Treasury issuance—another bearish factor for bonds.

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