Explaining the impact of a negative U.S. credit rating

April 20, 2011

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Stocks fell on Monday from news of Standard and Poor's reduced U.S. credit rating.

On Monday Standard & Poor's came down hard on the long-term credit outlook of the U.S. S&P rates the ability of companies and governments to repay their debt — and the higher the rating, the lower the interest they have to pay on any borrowed funds.

What amounted to a warning from S&P was heard loud and clear on trading floors around the country. To find out what this could mean, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Andrew Busch, a CNBC contributor and a global currency and public policy strategist for BMO Capital Markets.

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