A man passes near clocks at the Warsaw Stock Exchange on Aug. 9, 2011. (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS)

So how does America’s credit rating now stack up against other countries’? Who has a perfect rating and who has gotten the dreaded “highly speculative” mark?

Chartsbin, a Web-based data visualization tool, has this map that shows S&P’s credit rating for each country:

S and P’s ratings are as follows:

AAA: The best-quality borrowers, reliable and stable

AA: Quality borrowers, a bit higher risk than AAA

A: Economic situation can affect finance

BBB: Medium-class borrowers, which are satisfactory at the moment

BB: More prone to changes in the economy

B: Financial situation varies noticeably

CCC: Vulnerable and dependent on favorable business, financial and economic conditions to meet financial commitments.

CC: Highly vulnerable.

C: Even more highly vulnerable.

D: Defaulting on commitments.

Ratings from AA to CCC may be modified by the addition of a plus or minus sign to show relative standing within the major rating categories.