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Fitch’s Downgrade – Really an Event?

Senior Investment Strategist

Insight of the Week

  •  There has been some commotion around Fitch’s recent downgrade of the US from AAA to AA+.
  •  A lot of institutional investors have been questioning the potential impact of this downgrade on their strategic portfolios.
  •  Overall, we believe investors need not be too worried about this event. US Treasuries will continue to remain a safe haven with top-notch liquidity.
  •  The description of the rating has been downgraded from “Extremely High Quality” to “Very High Quality” which in terms of US Treasuries doesn’t hold a significant impact since many mandates specifically call for US Treasuries, rather than AAA rated sovereign bonds.
  •  A one rating downgrade should not necessarily hamper credibility & attractiveness.
  •  In 2011, S&P made this same rating downgrade on the US, where it remains to this day.
  •  Evidence since then shows there really hasn’t been a material impact from the downgrade.

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