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New Jersey Downgrade; What It Means for Investors?

Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 5:44 PM ET

Poor New Jersey. It’s struggles with an unfavorable image, it’s been the butt of countless jokes and now this.

On Wednesday Standard & Poor’s cut New Jersey's bond rating one notch to AA-, citing the state's unfunded pension shortfall and high debt.

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 8% of states are rated "AA-" like New Jersey while thirty-eight percent are rated "AA" by Standard & Poor's. "AAA" is the highest rating.

California and Illinois are the lowest-rated states by Standard & Poor's. California carries an "A-" with a negative outlook, while Illinois carries an "A+" with a negative outlook.

Jersey Just the Beginning?
Is New Jersey's credit rating downgrade a sign of a looming crisis? Insight with Alexandra Lebenthal, Lebenthal & Co. president/CEO.

What should you make of the downgrade? Find out from famed bond investor Alexandra Lebenthal. Watch the video now!


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