As we pointed out previously, a Fitch downgrade of Mexico was only a matter of days (S&P - not so much, as the agency is back to its operational sweet spot in the middle of a Fed-enforced bubble). Sure enough, earlier today Fitch dropped Mexico's rating to BBB, citing “The global economic and financial crisis and falling oil
production have accentuated weaknesses in the sovereign’s fiscal
profile. These weaknesses
limit Mexico’s fiscal maneuverability in the face of future oil
income shocks." Yet the hilarious response to this somewhat prudent action came out of scandal-ridden Goldman Sachs, which openly derided Fitch for its action: "We differ from Fitch, because while far from ideal, the 2010 revenue
budget delivered a non-trivial fiscal adjustment amounting to just
under 2.0% of GDP. To be sure, the tax hikes and expenditure cuts could
have been deeper and structurally stronger. However, given the
magnitude of the contraction experienced by Mexico in 2009, few to no
countries adjusted fiscally this year. On the contrary." Subsequent to his report, attached in its entirety, Goldman analyst Paulo Leme continued the Chuck Norris routine: "Everyone else in the
region is experiencing deterioration in the fiscal accounts.
Mexico adjusted. Were the efforts Nobel Prize-winning public
finance? No. But they did a lot."
So there you have it: not only is the NY Fed openly encouraging rating shopping for TALF, but now rating agencies have to be concerned about angering a sleeping octopus, which as we all know, has every right to be morally indignant when others dare to promote an objective reality that may or may not align with Goldman's prop trading interests.