Fitch Warns On US AAA Rating Amid Lack Of Fiscal Credibilty

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With Bernanke's speech dominated by the word 'Fiscal', is it any wonder that Fitch comes over-the-top with a warning, via Reuters and Bloomberg:


Are the world's central bankers now checking back to the governments? Well we know how that will end. With the Fed's implicit tightening (as the balance sheet rolls down) and the fiscal cliff, it seems headwinds are mounting.

Bernanke's speech - FISCAL loud and clear...

and just as last year, USA CDS is front-running the adjustment in US Treasury spreads along the curve...

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Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503465 GeneMarchbanks
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Oh-oh. Fitch you little French bitch.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503473 SilverTree
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Fiscal Credibilty, HA what a joke.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:17 | 2503489 Ethics Gradient
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Indeed. Check France out....

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:22 | 2503519 Hugh_Jorgan
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Yeah, let's hand out more Government pension money we don't have. Sweeeeet.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:50 | 2503734 HoofHearted
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Did Sean Egan take a position at Fitch?

Nah, Egan would have already downgraded and be warning of further.

Plus Fitch doesn't want lawsuits....but they just might get them anyway!

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 16:45 | 2505329 AldousHuxley
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Fitch lagging behind DaGong.


DaGong already rang the bell many moons ago...US rating is at A

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:41 | 2503985 Bolweevil
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that'll help


(I should read the thread first, sorry. see below)

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:48 | 2503711 Cast Iron Skillet
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The French PLAN is credible, the plan! .... and I have a bridge that I could sell to Fitch ...

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 14:14 | 2504732 dpr10
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haha french don't need to have a plan but own a rating agency named Fitch::)))yeah yeah like the uk's plan is a very credible one I say::)))

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:50 | 2503730 Doubleguns
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Well, fitch is late.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503466 transaccountin
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france has credible plan? ROFL!! They just lowered retirement age and made it harder to lay people off.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:30 | 2503584 magpie
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Yeah, let"s get that flight to OATS safety going /sarc

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503467 Silver Bug
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But the U.S has the best plan of all! QE to infinity!! /End Sarcasism

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503468 Dr. Engali
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You lost me at "credible"

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 12:25 | 2504235 Nobody For President
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Making you one word ahead of me.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:15 | 2503469 junkyardjack
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2011 Repeat bitchez!

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:21 | 2503513 agent default
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Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:22 | 2503516 StackAttack
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Are the world's central bankers now checking back to the governments? I think this may be the case for the Fed. As bad as Bernanke is, I think he knows the inflation danger of QE forever and would prefer to avoid it. He has also warned Congress about the need for fiscal reform in the government. I think he is using the contraction of the Fed balance sheet to put pressure on the politicians to bring fiscal reform. Of course, he won't actually stop QE3 from going forward.  He just wants to do it while also getting the government to improve their errant ways.

I am not defending ChairSatan, by the way.  I just think that he doesn't realize he is ChairSatan and is trying to fix government problems.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:23 | 2503527 StackAttack
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Oh, and I forgot to add that it won't work. The government fiscal cliff will not change.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:24 | 2503537 Global Hunter
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I wasn't even aware that Fitch still had the USA at AAA.  Way to stay ahead of the curve Fitch bwahahaha

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:24 | 2503542 RobotTrader
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Gotta laugh at that.

Each time a downgrade is threatened, bond prices go through the roof.

5-yr. yield at .72%, 10-yr. at 1.65%

Gimme a break, they'll have to downgrade this Fiatsco paper to "Junk" to make any serious dent in bond prices.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:32 | 2503592 Global Hunter
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You have been cynical the last day or so...I like it!

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:32 | 2503597 mayhem_korner
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Each time a downgrade is threatened, bond prices go through the roof.


That's just the puppet-masters testing the stupid meter.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:40 | 2503661 ThirdWorldDude
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That's just the puppet-masters testing the sphygmomanometer.


There, fixed it for ya.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:44 | 2503691 grey7beard
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>> There, fixed it for ya.

That one liner was funny the first few hundred times it was used but it's now approaching extreme lame territory. 

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:49 | 2503724 GMadScientist
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Far be it from us to encroach on your native lands.


Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:50 | 2503728 mayhem_korner
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FOCCTNROTFL (Fell off chair, coffee through nose ROTFL)!!!

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:26 | 2503543 Whoa Dammit
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Haven't things been "fiscally consolidated" enough already? Almost all the money is with the 1% and Fitch thinks they need more. And I suppose the name for the new money stealling plan will be Oliver Twist.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:27 | 2503545 Cognitive Dissonance
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The only credible plan the severely credit addicted sovereign has is a plan to secure (much) more credit.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:28 | 2503557 mayhem_korner
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I can see someone drudging up a smoldering scrap of paper embossed with that headline from the ruins of a zombie-infested, post-collapse street corner.  In 2013. 

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:29 | 2503570 StackAttack
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Does anyone know a cartoonist I can hire to draw a cartoon for me?  Here is what I picture:

A very wide clliff with a bus labeled 'USA' driving directly at it.  Two buses labeled 'Greece' and 'Spain' already crashed at the bottom of the ravine.  Another bus labeled 'Rest of Europe' in freefall toward Greece and Spain buses.  On the ground in front of the USA bus are two proposed paths.  The first path is labeled 'Obama' and veers slightly left before driving off the cliff.  The second path is labeled 'Romney' and veers slightly right before driving off the cliff.  On the top of the USA bus is Ron Paul hanging on for dear life and yelling "Hit the brakes!".

What do you ZHers think?

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:34 | 2503605 mayhem_korner
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Have you met WB7 and the Limerick King?

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:42 | 2503673 Village Smithy
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Go for it. In the future we will not be "hiring" anyone to do anything we can do ourselves. Give it a try.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:37 | 2503970 GMadScientist
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Ask and ZH (and worth every penny ;)


Thu, 06/07/2012 - 17:32 | 2505432 Lux Fiat
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Years ago, there was an old, abandoned hulk of a bus left on the side of Route 1 in the Florida Keys.  Any item of value had long been stripped, including the tires, engine, etc.  Someone had spray painted on the side of it "Gone to get gas, be right back".  The situation in the EU kind of reminds me of that bus.  Many of the periphery countries are sitting around waiting on the bus for the gas to show up.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:30 | 2503577 surf0766
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"Lack Of Fiscal Credibilty" How about no credibility and no backbone to cut government spending dramatically and cut taxes.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:49 | 2503725 mayhem_korner
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That thar comment just earned you the jack of spades on Barry's hit-list of terrorists...

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:51 | 2503735 pods
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Most ratings agencies (Egan excluded) are like 3 years behind.  

So we have to have a plan for fiscal credibility?

Why not just aim for a budget?


Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:56 | 2503757 lolmao500
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UK and France have CREDIBLE plans??? Is Fitch high??

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:30 | 2503928 IBelieveInMagic
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Don't get your knickers in a twist -- it's just the rating agencies of each region threatening the other region about ratings downgrade. Of course at this point, none of them have any credibility and only someone waking up from a 20 year slumber would take any of this seriously.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:59 | 2503765 ArrestBobRubin
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You let a BS Bernanke speak, your "fiscal credibility" takes a hit. 

It's pretty much scientific :-)

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:01 | 2503774 CrashisOptimistic
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In general, the credit rating agencies are the only thing standing between Congress and total undoing of the debt ceiling deal, extending the tax cuts (which defund Soc. Sec, btw) and avoiding 2013's recession.

The day the US lost AAA (S&P's rating), the 10 year was at 2.58%.

At first glance that looks like the rating has no power at all.  But that cut was done on a Friday and Treasury spent the weekend drafting instructions to Pension funds providing them cover not to trigger their charter mandates that require them to hold XX% of their money in AAA rated securities.  It was just one agency of 3 and Treasury let the funds reference that letter in their decision making.

If Moody's and Fitch slash AAA also, Treasury's letter won't work anymore.  That triggers forced selling of Treasuries.

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:37 | 2503973 Bolweevil
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ou est le poulet fou


Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:43 | 2503997 KandiRaverHipster
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YERPPPP! because downgrading the World's currency supplier makes so much sense. and like, no one realizes there is debt and keeps piling into more.

more BS. 

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:46 | 2504010 Mark123
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Where is John Cleese when you really need him?


French Soldier: I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

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