New York — The predicament of American International Group (AIG) has become more acute as the company saw its credit rating slashed by Standard & Poor's (S&P), Moody's, Fitch and AM Best. The downgrades raise the specter of the company being forced to quickly sell assets to meet collateral needs with its counterparties.

News of the downgrades, which came after the market closed on Monday, caused AIG shares to plunge in early trading.

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