Credit Ratings


  • Warren Buffett

    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.

  • Downgrade Impact on Banks     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:53 AM ET

    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.

  • China media says the U.S. debt woes show an overreach in military efforts. Insight on the reaction to the U.S. debt downgrade from China, with Joshua Cooper Ramo, Kissinger Associates managing director.

  • S&P: An Unprecedented Move     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:23 AM ET

    We will not default on our debt because of the size of our economy, says David Walker, Comeback America Initiative founder/president/CEO. He continues to say the S&P made the right moves but for the wrong reasons.

  • US Downgrade 'Absurd': Economist Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:04 AM ET

    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.

  • What's Behind S&P Decision?     Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    There is an ideological clash, Sean Egan, Egan-Jones Ratings Company, who sheds light on S&P's downgrade of U.S. debt.

  • Soft Patch Delusion Is Dashed: Roubini Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:11 AM ET

    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”.

  • "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.

  • US Pride—More Than Stocks—Hurt by Downgrade Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 4:30 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan

    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.

  • Dollars and Euro

    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.

  • Jim Rogers: Don't See How US Can Ever Pay Off Debts Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 9:51 PM ET
    International investor Jim Rogers

    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.

  • Stifel Nicolaus & Peebles CEOs React     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 9:45 PM ET

    Don Peebles, The Peebles Corporation CEO, and Ron Kruszewski, Stifel Nicolaus, share their perspectives on the US credit rating downgrade, and what it means for investors.

  • Is There Reason to Fear Tomorrow?     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 9:20 PM ET

    Ward McCarthy, Jefferies & Co., and Barbara Marcin, Gabellis Blue Chip Fund, discuss whether traders should fear what's to come during tomorrow's trading session.

  • Donald Trump on Debt Downgrade     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 9:10 PM ET

    "[S&P] is doing this to try to resurrect their reputation," says Donald Trump, chairman & president of the Trump Organization.

  • S&P's Beers: We Don't Have a Hit List Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 8:58 PM ET

    After Standard and Poor's historic downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating to AA-plus from triple-A, fears are growing that other countries may be next, most notably France, which is facing big costs from a bailout of troubled Euro zone countries.

  • Jim Rogers on US Downgrade     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 8:50 PM ET

    Jim Rogers, Rogers Holdings, discusses how global financial markets will respond to S&P's downgrade of America.

  • Rating Agency Credibility on the Line     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 8:50 PM ET

    With the political spin attached to the US debt downgrade and the math miscalculations, is S&P's credibility on the line again? CNBC's Scott Cohn discusses.

  • US Political System Broken?     Sunday, 7 Aug 2011 | 8:45 PM ET

    Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), discuss whether political mishandling contributed to S&P's downgrade of the United States.