Moody’s Downgrades Russia Two Notches Above Junk

Moody’s downgraded the country’s debt by one notch Friday, citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, capital flight and falling oil prices. The debt rating is now Baa2, just two notches above “junk” status.

Ongoing tensions with Ukraine led to international sanctions against Russia earlier this year. That has reduced foreign investment and further slowed economic growth, spurring inflation and higher interest rates.

“The longer the conflict in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia last, the more significant will be the damage to investors’ confidence in Russia as a source of profitable investment opportunities,” the agency said in a statement.

A recent slide in oil prices isn’t helping things, either. The commodity is down nearly 12.5% in the last month.

via CNN

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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