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Can There Be Growth Despite a Lowered Debt Rating?

By November 7, 2019 No Comments

It was approximately eight years ago, on August 5th, 2011, when I was in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport when it was announced, that the Standard & Poor’s had downgraded the US government debt, from its highest rating of AAA to its second highest rating of AA+. This was a result of congress agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.

What happened after the downgraded rating?

During that first full trading day the S&P 500 Stock Index, according to BPN Research, fell 6.6%, as a result of the S&P downgrade.

Today, the yield on the 10-year Treasury has actually fallen during that eight-year period from 2.57 all the way down to 1.65% and during that same time period, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has gained 189%, which is the equivalent of 14.2% per year.

What does this mean?

In other words, just because a country’s debt has been downgraded, doesn’t necessarily mean the country as a whole won’t grow.


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The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index is a capitalization weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.