United States Credit Rating

Current United States credit ratings, according to the main rating agencies, provide a snapshot of the country’s creditworthiness and financial stability. These ratings are critical for understanding how international and domestic investors perceive United States ability to honor its financial commitments.

The ratings are determined by comprehensive evaluations conducted by major credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor's (S&P), Moody's, and Fitch Ratings. Each of these agencies uses a distinct rating scale and methodology to assess the economic and financial health of United States, taking into account various factors such as economic performance, fiscal policies, political stability, and debt levels.

The table below shows the current United States credit ratings, according to the main rating agencies.

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Rating Agency Rating Outlook Last Update Action
Standard & Poor's AA+ - 10 Jun 2013 outlook upgrade
Moody's Investors Service Aaa negative 11 Nov 2023 outlook downgrade
Fitch Ratings AA+ - 2 Aug 2023 rating downgrade
DBRS AAA - 28 Jul 2023 outlook upgrade

United States: Long-term Rating Scales Comparison

United States long-term credit ratings, as assigned by major rating agencies, offer a comparative insight into the country's creditworthiness over an extended period. Each rating agency uses its own scale to evaluate the credit risk associated with United States sovereign debt. These scales help investors understand the likelihood that United States will meet its financial obligations.

Symbol means a positive outlook assigned by the rating agency.
Symbol means a negative outlook.
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Grade Description S&P Moody's Fitch DBRS
Investment
Grade
Prime
AAA
Aaa
AAA
AAA
High Medium Grade
AA+
Aa1
AA+
AA(high)
AA
Aa2
AA
AA
AA-
Aa3
AA-
AA(low)
Upper Medium Grade
A+
A1
A+
A(high)
A
A2
A
A
A-
A3
A-
A(low)
Lower Medium Grade
BBB+
Baa1
BBB+
BBB(high)
BBB
Baa2
BBB
BBB
BBB-
Baa3
BBB-
BBB(low)
Speculative
Grade
Speculative
BB+
Ba1
BB+
BB(high)
BB
Ba2
BB
BB
BB-
Ba3
BB-
BB(low)
Highly Speculative
B+
B1
B+
B(high)
B
B2
B
B
B-
B3
B-
B(low)
Substantial Risk
CCC+
Caa1
CCC+
CCC(high)
CCC
Caa2
CCC
CCC
CCC-
Caa3
CCC-
CCC(low)
Extremely Speculative
CC
Ca
CC
CC
C
C
C
C
In Default
RD
/
RD
RD
SD
/
SD
SD
D•NR
D•NR
D•NR
D•NR
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United States Credit Ratings historical data

Timetable of United States credit ratings by S&P, Moody's, Fitch and DBRS agencies.
Symbol means a positive outlook assigned by the rating agency.
Symbol means a negative outlook.
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Date S&P Moody's Fitch DBRS
11 Nov 2023 Aaa
2 Aug 2023 AA+
28 Jul 2023 AAA
25 May 2023 AAA AAA
9 Jul 2022 AAA
1 Aug 2020 AAA
21 Mar 2014 AAA
18 Jul 2013 Aaa
10 Jun 2013 AA+
28 Nov 2011 AAA
8 Sep 2011 AAA
5 Aug 2011 AA+
13 Jul 2011 Aaa
18 Apr 2011 AAA
1 Apr 1996 AAA
13 Nov 1995 AAA
10 Aug 1994 AAA
5 Feb 1949 Aaa