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  • US Downgrade = New Financial Era?

    Mohamed El-Erian, CEO & co-CIO, says the US downgrade heralds a new financial era.

  • S&P Explains US Downgrade

    David Beers, Standard & Poor's head of government debt rating unit, explains why S&P downgraded the United States' credit rating from AAA to AA . Veteran investor Jim Rogers also weighs in.

  • Why S&P Downgraded US

    David Beers, head of S&P's government debt rating unit, explains S&P's reasoning behind the downgrade of US sovereign debt.

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    With S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating from AAA to AA, many are speculating on how markets and U.S. authorities will respond.

  • U.S. Department of Treasury headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Federal Reserve officials publicly declared it was business as usual in the face of Standard and Poor’s downgrade of US government debt, but privately they acknowledged these were unchartered waters.

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    Told they had a $2 trillion error in their calculation, S&P roused several of its European committee members from bed for an emergency call. In the end, the decision remained: a downgrade for the U.S.'s Triple-A rating.

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    Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s triple-A credit rating to AA-plus late Friday and issued a negative outlook, meaning another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months.

  • Kate Kelly: S&P Downgrade Imminent?

    CNBC's Kate Kelly says the government is bracing for a potential credit downgrade from the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. The downgrade, reports Kelly, may come as early as today. The agency has so far refused comment.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    With the threat of failure to reach a debt deal finally out of the way and the worsening global macroeconomic picture gripping investors, it has been a win- win for US Treasurys so far.

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    The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.

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    Scores of big corporations have lost their AAA status in recent years, and it hasn't seemed to hurt them, so what's the big deal about the federal government losing such status, The New York Times reports.

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    Events on Wednesday could prove crucial to attempts to again come to grips with the European debt crisis, after Italian borrowing costs hit a 14-year high on Tuesday.

  • President Obama and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner

    The US is likely to see its debt downgraded by the credit rating agencies, despite the passage of a bill to raise the country's debt ceiling on Monday, analysts told CNBC.

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    U.S. Treasurys have rallied in recent days as worries about slowing growth have overtaken concerns about the sustainability of U.S. government debt. But one analyst says Treasurys are among the riskiest assets on the planet today and investors should look at Asian government bonds instead.

  • Fitch: AAA in Play?

    Is U.S. debt in danger of a downgrade? Discussing pending threats to the nation's triple A rating, with CNBC's David Riley, Fitch Ratings.

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    We're not convinced that if S&P were to lower its credit rating on the US it would have a big impact on rates.

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    The dollar will face months of weakness in the run up to the U.S elections next year, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy, HSBC told CNBC Tuesday

  • Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The current low rate of GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the United States indicates that the world's largest economy is headed for another recession, according to Anthony Doyle, Director of Investment Specialists M&G Investments.

  • US Capitol Building

    So markets finally have a deal on the US debt ceiling, and it has been passed by the House of Representatives, but was all the fighting over how to cut spending really worth it?

  • WOTS Now: Growth on the Rocks?

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on economic growth, and the impact the debt deal will have on defense and health care stocks.