While the U.S. stock market appears to be rebounding a bit following one of the biggest single-day drops in the history of the Dow Jones, the long-term effect of credit rating agency Standard and Poor's U.S. downgrade remain to be seen.
Despite the downgrade, the nation's credit rating, even if it were downgraded by Moody's and Fitch as well, is still way better than the vast majority of the world. Many nations are so stricken that they don't even have credit ratings.
The charts below show the credit rating for each country in the world, according to the top three credit ratings agencies.They also give the relative outlook for each nation, showing who's stable, who's growing, and who's in danger of slipping.
S&P, via ChartsBin:
Moody's, via ChartsBin:
Fitch, via ChartsBin: