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This is a useful chart to understand the various systems of the major credit rating agencies. The green ratings at the top of the chart are "investment grade" and have less risk... the yellow and red …

This is a useful chart to understand the various systems of the major credit rating agencies. The green ratings at the top of the chart are "investment grade" and have less risk... the yellow and red ratings below are "speculative grade" and make riskier investments...

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  • 1. Color code Number Definition Moodys S&P Fitch Investment Grade 10.0 US Treasuries *** *** *** 9.5 Prime, maximum safety Aaa AAA AAA 9.0 Very high grade/quality Aa1 AA+ AA+ 8.5 Aa2 AA AA 8.0 Aa3 AA- AA- 7.5 Upper medium quality A1 A+ A+ 7.0 A2 A A 6.5 A3 A- A- 6.0 Lower medium grade Baa1 BBB+ BBB+ 5.5 Baa2 BBB BBB