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"There is a long road from double-A to double dip. I think the market is certainly running too far into negative territory," Didier Duret, global chief investment officer at ABN Amro Private Banking, told CNBC.
Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.
"I think US investors got a little more confident about the future, or perhaps a little less pessimistic about where we are going ,and perhaps there is some expectation that the Fed is going to come in and provide the markets with a bit of a lift," Peter Dixon, senior economist at Commerzbank Securities told CNBC.
Investors are hungry for good news from today's FOMC meeting. Here's what Ben Bernanke can — and can't — deliver.
"We are invested pretty heavily in a lot of large dividend paying stocks from around the globe, things that pay in the 6, 7 and 8 percent range, which is a great place to be right now. I'm not sure that I would want to be jumping into treasuries at this point," Randy Warren, chief investment officer at Warren Financial Services, told CNBC.
"The debacle in Congress in terms of coming to a deal really highlighted the US government's inadequacy in dealing with the deficit, perhaps a little bit earlier than the government wanted, certainly in terms of the election cycle," Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive at WPP told CNBC
Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.
"When a market sees a forced seller or a forced buyer, the prices will just gap away from them, and that has been going on since the US downgrade." Mark Tinker, global portfolio manager at Axa Framlington, told CNBC.
During a period like this, with stocks plunging almost on a daily basis, it’s clear that fear and shock are ruling the roost. But fear can be overdone. As someone who has been around awhile and has seen many sell-offs, let me offer some advice: Do not panic. Market corrections come and go. They are not the end of the world. Most times they are actually healthy.
Ben cut interest rates to zero, devised a zillion bowls of "alphabet soup" rescue programs as the Wall Street Journal put it, and bought every bond put out for bid and ballooned the Fed's balance sheet by trillions. Maybe it saved us from disaster, but we haven't seen the growth expected.
I hate to say it, but Nancy was right! I try to be apolitical. I think I succeed most of the time. Trashing both parties more or less equally allows me to stay balanced. So in that continuing effort to stay bland and uninteresting, I have to give mention to Nancy Pelosi who said a few weeks ago it might take a decline of hundreds of points in the market to get the Republicans attention.
The markets around the world are rattled silly this morning by the first ever downgrade of the U.S. Government’s debt by Standard & Poors. That is understandable but not, in my mind, rational.
In the U.S., is it the fall of the Roman Empire or will our anemic growth pick up steam and help us out of the economic doldrums? Here are five questions to ask.
One of the first things investors learn after “buy low and sell high” is that markets hate uncertainty.
To be downgraded is a national disgrace. It comes about via a political battle that should never have been fought.
"S&P have been signalling for some time that they were unhappy with the progress of the deficit, so in a sense it should not come as a surprise," William Rhodes, senior advisor at Citi and author of 'Banker to the World', told CNBC.
"Clearly the S&P downgrade is a disappointment, clearly the timing as well is disappointing but I don't think financial markets will be taken completely by surprise by this," Henry Dixon, fund manager at Matterley Asset Management told CNBC.
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.
"A one notch downgrade by a single agency doesn't force anybody to sell treasuries, it doesn't affect cash funds or money funds, so in the short term, the practical implication is pretty limited. It has been made pretty clear the US Federal Reserve will continue to accept US Treasury paper and US-guaranteed paper as collateral," Ewen Cameron Watt, chief investment strategist at BlackRock Investment Institute, told CNBC.
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.