Credit Rating Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 8/15/2011 1:55:45 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, a money trader waits for calls from clients during the morning trading at a money brokerage in Tokyo as financial ministers from the Group of Seven economies hold talks on world market stability following a historic U.S. credit downgrade. The idea that Japan would ever dump its $900 billion holdings of U.S. Treasurys, the second largest foreign ownership after China, has long been just that _ an idea never seriously entertained. But after Washington's credit rating was downgraded for the first time ever earlier this month _ from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor's _ some daring advocates are voicing that taboo idea: Why not sell Treasurys? (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)
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    Posted: 8/10/2011 9:46:35 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, an investor walks past a bull sculpture outside a brokerage firm in Beijing, China, as Asian stocks nose-dived after the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system. Asian governments face a balancing act as they fight accelerating inflation while economic malaise in the U.S. and turmoil in financial markets threaten to dim the region's growth. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)
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    Posted: 8/10/2011 9:46:23 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2011 file photo, tourists in colorful rain coats visit the Bund, one of the most popular tourist destinations in town, to view the city's famous skyscrapers across the Huangpu River in heavy rain and strong wind caused by Typhoon Muifa in Shanghai, China. Asian governments face a balancing act as they fight accelerating inflation while economic malaise in the U.S. and turmoil in financial markets threaten to dim the region's growth. Global stocks were battered this week by the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and indicators pointed to stalling recoveries in the U.S. and Europe that could erode demand for Asia's exports of cars, gadgets, clothing and other goods. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:53 AM EST
    An Egyptian trader reacts after trading has been halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:53 AM EST
    Egyptian traders take a break while trading is halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange, after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:52 AM EST
    Egyptian traders take a break while trading is halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange, after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:52 AM EST
    An Egyptian trader reacts after trading had been halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged Tuesday, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:52 AM EST
    An Egyptian trader talks under a screen displaying "change -5.83" after trading was halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 9:50:52 AM EST
    An Egyptian trader reacts after trading was halted for 30 minutes on the Egyptian Exchange after the benchmark index fell 5 percent, tracking a plunge in other world markets at the stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. The Egyptian Exchange's benchmark index plunged, with investors taking their cues from other international markets taking a beating on fears that the downgrade in the U.S.'s credit rating could trigger a new global recession. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 8:36:11 AM EST
    FILE - In this July 6, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a man walks past the office building of the People's Bank of China in Beijing. China and other governments have little choice but to keep buying U.S. Treasury debt to store swelling foreign reserves even after Washington's credit rating was cut by Standard & Poor's. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liang Zhiqiang, File) NO SALES
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 8:36:11 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011 photo, the Bank of Japan building is reflected on the glass covering the plate of its adjunct museum in Tokyo. China and other governments have little choice but to keep buying U.S. Treasury debt to store swelling foreign reserves even after Washington's credit rating was cut by Standard & Poor's. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:45:49 AM EST
    A man eats ice cream as he walks by an electric panel showing global stock indexes in Tokyo Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:45:49 AM EST
    People walking across an intersection are reflected on an electric panel that updates Japanese stock prices in Tokyo Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:45:48 AM EST
    A woman walks by an electric panel showing the latest Japanese stock prices in Tokyo Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:45:48 AM EST
    A man glances at an electric panel showing the latest Japanese stock prices in Tokyo Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:45:48 AM EST
    A man walks by an electric panel showing the latest Nikkei stock index in Tokyo Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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    Posted: 8/9/2011 3:40:46 AM EST
    A Filipino woman stands beside the exchange rates of the U.S. dollar and Japanese yen at a money changer in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Asian stocks nose-dived Monday as the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating jolted the global financial system, reinforcing fears that the world economy is weakening. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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    Posted: 8/8/2011 7:10:46 PM EST
    In this June 21, 2011 photo, Shell gas customer Carissa Wiley, of Fresno, Calif., pumps gas at a Shell gas station in Menlo Park, Calif. Oil prices fell over $3 to near $83 a barrel Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, after Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating _ a blow to confidence that could hurt economic growth and demand for crude.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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    Posted: 8/8/2011 12:12:04 PM EST
    Display boards at the Australia Stock Exchange show results shortly after the opening in Sydney, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Australian and New Zealand markets have opened lower in reaction to ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgrading of the United States government credit rating from AAA to AA+. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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    Posted: 8/8/2011 12:12:02 PM EST
    Rudolf Oultz watches the display board at the Australia Stock Exchange in Sydney, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. Australian and New Zealand markets have opened lower in reaction to ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgrading of the United States government credit rating from AAA to AA+. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)