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To be downgraded is a national disgrace. It comes about via a political battle that should never have been fought.
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We will have to wait to see how the downgrade affects investing behavior, says Neel Kashkari, Pimco managing director, who says the nation's debt is not triple A.
S&P was correct and generous in its small downgrade, says Ken Rogoff, Harvard University economics professor. He added that the timing is reasonable.
Warren Buffett says there's no question that the United States' debt is still AAA and that he's not changing his mind about Treasurys based on S&P's downgrade.
"The American people need to know that nothing is going to change without some pain for them," says Kenneth Langone, Invemed Associates chairman/CEO. "We're going to pay our debt but who is going to get screwed in the long run? The poor guy that's living on fixed income because inflation will take it's toll," says Langone.
Short-term, the downgrade may not impact banks but the overall reaction from markets and the economy is a concern, says John Kanas, BankUnited chairman, president/CEO.
Standard & Poor's downgrade of the US' credit rating from AAA on Friday, was "absurd", Richard Portes, professor of economics at the London Business School, told CNBC Monday.
Influential economist Nouriel Roubini has warned hopes that the recent slowdown was temporary have been dashed and predicted the US and other advanced economies will have a second “severe recession”.
The decision by Standard & Poor's to cut America's debt rating is, in Alan Greenspan’s view, bad for America’s state of mind.
The sovereign debt crises on both sides of the Atlantic has created what some analysts are calling an "ugliness contest" between the U.S. dollar and the euro, and experts remain split on which of the two currencies are a safer bet.
The U.S. doesn't deserve a AA-plus credit rating, much less triple-A, commodity bull and noted investor Jim Rogers told CNBC on Monday.