Laments UK’s Fallen Credit Rating

Share Article men’s lifestyle and finance magazine remarks on the lowering of Great Britain’s credit rating by Fitch last Friday, from the prime AAA down to a high grade AA+, and sends words of encouragement and hope to the British as the nation struggles to gain ground in their economic recovery.

These ratings show the amount of political and economic risk associated with investing in a country abroad or its foreign currency. men’s lifestyle and finance magazine issued their observations and condolences regarding Britain’s fallen credit rating, reduced from AAA to AA+ by Fitch last week. offered words of hope and reassurance to the nation whose biggest question mark, according to Fitch annalist David Riley, “is the economic recovery.”

Reuters reported that Fitch Ratings, one of the largest credit rating agencies in the world responsible for ranking sovereign credit, downgraded Britain from its perfect AAA rating to a AA+, still a high grade but not the perfect score that the nation has enjoyed for many years. Reuters does state that Moody’s had bumped Britain’s rating down to the same back in February, however unlike Moody’s, Fitch ranked Britain as having a “stable” outlook going forward. clarifies for consumers what a sovereign credit rating consists of, and likens it to a consumer credit score.’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “Much like we as consumers have a credit score which measures our trustworthiness in paying back debt, national administrations are given sovereign credit ratings. These ratings show the amount of political and economic risk associated with investing in a country abroad or its foreign currency. It’s much the same as, say, a bank checking out my credit score if I applied for a loan with them to see how risky of a borrower I am. Investing countries check each other’s sovereign credit ratings to determine whether it’s wise to invest in or with them. The fact that Britain’s credit rating has dropped is bad news, although their credit rating is still incredibly high.”

The above-mentioned Reuters article quotes Fitch analyst David Riley as saying, “The biggest question mark that continues to hang over the UK is the economic recovery.” Riley’s outlook is a positive one though, as he relays to Reuters that Fitch’s forecast for British growth is that it will climb economically to where it has been within the next two years. Riley warned that it’s a bit early to be sure that this is the case, but he’s hoping that Great Britain will escape the situation the Japanese ran into with their credit being stagnant for over a decade. Riley stated, “If it’s more of a Japan scenario, then the UK rating would come under pressure again. But from our perspective it is too early to make that call.”’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “I feel for my friends and associates in the United Kingdom. They are experiencing trials with their economy, and as the U.S. knows well, that is challenging on a political and personal level for everyone. What I would like to relay to them today though is that I view Great Britain as one of the most honored, venerable and united countries in the world and I just know that they will recover from this. The credit rating downgrade will be a temporary thing, and their economy—and credit rating—will be back and stronger than ever before. Stay strong, Britain.”

Reuters stated that the International Monetary Fund believes that Britain’s deficit reduction may be unnecessarily damaging economic growth, but Fitch’s Riley reassured Reuters that the severity of Britain’s situation is not exceedingly unlike many other European countries.

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