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via Mint

Category: Analysts, Credit, Digital Media

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7 Responses to “A Guide to S&P’s Latest Credit Ratings by Country”

  1. ashpelham2 says:

    I don’t mind saying it, because I’m sure some others are thinking it: the US might have a god-awful amount of debt, but there is no way that the US bond situation is less stable than a few of the other mortals on that list. Russia? India? What have they proven in the past 20 years that makes anyone think that their debt is more sustainable, no matter the relative amount? Italy? Sounds like some political posturing by the S&P in my mind. And they are a US firm, correct?

  2. Hamann says:

    The diagram is very interesting but Canada has been mysteriously assigned to the eastern US. Sorry to be a prat.

  3. ByteMe says:

    Not to pick a nit here, but isn’t this the same ratings agency that gave AAA ratings to subprime mortgage SIVs?

    Pretty picture, though.

  4. willid3 says:

    while the US has the largest debt (in total), it also has the largest economy. it might also be good to compare debt to economy size. it would make the numbers more comparable. now if we compared the private debt (non government) to economy size we might see a really horrifying picture. thats much worse. as just the financial sectors debt is bigger than the world’s GDP

  5. machinehead says:

    Edward Tufte, the graphics guru profiled in a Washington Monthly article posted at TBP a couple of days ago, doubtless would blast this dogs-breakfast graphic as a ‘chartoon.’

    The ‘casino tokens’ displayed at top and bottom need to be shrunk, simplified, and placed within the borders of countries.

    As it is, this is just a poorly-organized listing of sovereign ratings, with a map to show the geographically challenged where the countries are located.

    D-minus for this chartjunk.

  6. Dow says:

    Once it became public you could essentially buy their ratings, they lost credibility. Yet, even though the data can’t be trusted – the chart is still pretty – so kudos to the folks at Mint.

  7. Darkness says:

    Canada’s debt exceeds their GDP? Seriously? Why do I always get this “Canada and Canadians are so much better with their money” line from the Canadians I work with?