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Moody’s Investor Services Credits New Jersey’s outlook from negative to stable

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

TRENTON NJ,  State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio released the following statement on the decision by Moody’s Investor Services to upgrade New Jersey’s outlook from negative to stable due to the better than expected revenue performance in Fiscal Year 2021, and the expectation that large resulting fund balances will support budget flexibility through the coronavirus recovery.

In a note Moody’s said , “New Jersey’s A3 general obligation rating reflects the state’s large, diverse and wealthy economy offset by large, growing long-term liabilities and the burden of significantly increased pension contributions, which are the result of substantial historic pension underfunding,” the ratings firm wrote in an April 9 report.

New Jersey’s financial picture appears improved compared to when the coronavirus first struck, Moody’s said.

“The revision to the stable outlook reflects better-than-expected revenue performance in fiscal 2021, and the expectation that large resulting fund balances will support budget flexibility through the coronavirus recovery,” the report said.

“The stable outlook further reflects our view that the current A3 rating is well positioned for the next 12-18 months, as the state continues to manage historic budget challenges,” Moody’s said, “including large structural budget gaps and growing pension contributions.”

3 thoughts on “Moody’s Investor Services Credits New Jersey’s outlook from negative to stable

  1. Further proof that Moody’s lacks the analytical tools to know its ass from a hole in the ground.

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  2. which one of these ratings companies was blindsided during the most recent market crash and failed to properly note the condition of Bear Stearns ,Lehman Brothers, AIG etc

  3. Go ahead and pull a 5-year chart on Moody’s stock (MCO)….they must know where their asses are.

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