Full text: S&P downgrades the U.S. debt rating

Although we are now downgraded, the U.S. Dollar will continue to be the reserve currency of the world no matter some quants at S&P say. At least in the near term. Like others have pointed out, there simply is no other currency or debt that can compare with the U.S. Dollar regarding financial safety.

Including the U.S., we estimate that these five sovereigns will have net general government debt to GDP ratios this year ranging from 34% (Canada) to 80% (the U.K.), with the U.S. debt burden at 74%. By 2015, we project that their net public debt to GDP ratios will range between 30% (lowest, Canada) and 83% (highest, France), with the U.S. debt burden at 79%.

The reasons outlined should sound familiar to any European government or even the casual U.S. observer: "The downgrades and Negative Outlooks reflect growing risks for Japan’s sovereign credit profile as a result of high and rising public debt ratios," said Andrew Colquhoun, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns.

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