Meaning of “below investment grade” in the English Dictionary

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"below investment grade" in Business English

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below investment gradeadjective


if shares or bonds are below investment grade, there is a risk that they may lose value or not be paid back:

The market values of securities rated below investment grade tend to be more sensitive to changes in economic conditions than higher-rated securities.
Last week, Standard & Poor's Corp. assigned a below-investment grade rating to the county's new debt securities.

(Definition of “below investment grade” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)