Last year, the US dollar was the butt of monetary jokes. In fact, some suggested it was worth as much as toilet paper. With trillion dollar deficits and 0% interest rates, those with common sense looked to other currencies for capital preservation.
In a moment of cosmic irony, some global investors are now fleeing to the safety of the US dollar. Headlines about Greece possibly defaulting on their debt has investors wondering which is truly the worst of all possible worlds?
Last week, Ben Schott put together an incredibly valuable chart showing the S&P credit ratings of countries and US states. This is an excellent resource to keep on hand for those Candide moments when your mind wanders:
(Hat Tip: Barry Ritholtz)