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U.S. Downgrade Would Cost $100 Billion A Year, Wiping Out Any Deficit Reduction

By Marie Diamond  

"U.S. Downgrade Would Cost $100 Billion A Year, Wiping Out Any Deficit Reduction"


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The financial website Zero Hedge reports that the cost of the U.S. debt being downgraded from our current AAA rating would be a whopping $100 billion a year. That’s according to JP Morgan Chase expert Terry Belton who spoke to reporters on a conference call this morning. In short, even if the U.S. does not default, a downgrade alone “will offset any beneficial impact from any deficit reduction that will have to happen for the debt ceiling to be increased.” Belton predicted that a downgrade would cause “a permanent increase in borrowing costs,” which will make it more costly for consumers and businesses to borrow money, risking another recession.


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