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AAA/Aaa — credit rating

AAA/Aaa — credit rating

AAA — S&P / Fitch
Aaa — Moody’s

AAA/Aaa rated bond issues have an almost nonexistent chance of defaulting, according to the major ratings institutions that issue the ratings.

AAA/Aaa is the highest rating a bond issue or company can get.

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and recession, many companies, and the US Government itself, were downgraded from AAA to AA+. Only two companies in the US still retain the AAA rating: Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft.

Bonds can still receive a AAA rating even if the company issuing them does not have that rating, due to the fact that they can be backed by surety insurance contracts and hard assets.

S&P, Fitch, and Moody’s are the Big Three ratings institutions, and while they do not always give the same ratings, they are generally in-line with one another.

What is a Credit Rating?
What are Bond Ratings?

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