S&P Global warns on second sovereign downgrade wave

amounts that would normally take four or five years to accumulate – and locked into higher spending for the next 3-5 years, that could be about to change. “You are talking about ratings in the EU, or in highly developed countries like Japan or the UK or in this part of the world, the United States, that have been able to implement pretty massive fiscal and monetary packages to defend themselves,” Sifon-Arevalo said. “The main point to see here is where do we see the trajectory going forward.

If we see the trajectory as establishing more of a different structural pattern, then you are going to see some (rating) movements there.” A total of 31 countries – almost a quarter of all those S&P rates – currently have “negative outlooks” on their ratings which more often than not get converted into downgrades. Of the bigger economies it includes Australia’s prized triple-A rating, Italy and Mexico’s BBB scores and Spain’s A grade.

However, a blizzard of new negative outlooks could be just as much of a worry at time when many major economies are seeing a resurgence of the virus. “We are going through the revisions. Now, and over the next few months we will continue to do so,” Sifon-Arevalo said. “I would say initially it’s going to be an outlook change.

And again, there’s going to be those that maybe will come out of that and will come back to stable (outlooks) in a couple of years.” “But then there will be those that will not come back to stable and they will keep going down the rating spectrum.” There are two more groups of less well-off countries whose rating are also in the firing line.

In Latin America, Mexico and Brazil are under pressure as well as Colombia, which is teetering on the last rung of investment grade and on a warning it could be cut to junk. The final group includes some of the world’s poorest and most indebted countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where Sifon-Arevalo said more debt restructuring and defaults could be coming.


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