S&P Lowers Australia’s Rating Outlook To Negative

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S&P Global Ratings revised the outlook on Australia’s rating outlook to negative from stable as coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak weakened its fiscal outlook.

The rating agency said the negative outlook reflects a substantial deterioration of Australia’s fiscal headroom at the ‘AAA’ rating level.

The outbreak of coronavirus has posed a severe economic and fiscal shock. The Australian economy is set to plunge into recession for the first time in almost 30 years, causing a substantial deterioration of the government’s fiscal headroom at the ‘AAA’ rating level.

Nonetheless, the ratings were affirmed at ‘AAA’. S&P observed that the triple A rating on Australia benefit from the country’s strong institutional settings, its wealthy economy, and monetary policy flexibility.

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