JUPITER, Florida (July 15, 2011) — Weiss Ratings, an independent
rating agency of U.S. financial institutions and sovereign debts, has
downgraded the debt of the United States government from C to C-minus.
The C-minus rating for the U.S. reflects a continued deterioration in the weaknesses cited in the Weiss Ratings release of April 28, 2011, including heavy debt burdens, shaky international stability, and poor economic health.
Weiss Ratings senior financial analyst Gavin Magor commented: “Our
downgrade today is not contingent on the outcome of the debt ceiling
debate in Washington. It is driven exclusively by the numbers, which
indicate that, in addition to a decline in the long-standing weaknesses
we noted three months ago, the U.S. has already lost the golden halo
that helped guarantee liquidity and acceptance of its government
securities in global markets.”
On the Weiss Ratings scale, which ranges from A (excellent) to E
(very weak), a C-minus rating is the approximate equivalent of a
triple-B-minus on the scales used by other credit rating agencies, or
approximately one notch above speculative grade (junk).
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