Russia May Be Cut to Junk as S&P Says It’s Considering Downgrade

Russia may lose its investment grade for the first time in a decade after Standard & Poor’s signaled it’s considering cutting the country’s rating.

“We are reviewing our assessment of Russia’s monetary flexibility and the impact of the weakening economy on its financial system,” S&P said in a statement. The move implies at least a one-in-two likelihood of a “negative rating action” within 90 days, the statement said. S&P said it expects to conclude its review by mid-January.

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