Business debt is historically high relative to U.S. gross domestic product, with debt increasing most rapidly among the riskiest firms amid weak credit standards, the Federal Reserve said today in its financial stability report.
Browsing: Leveraged lending
The Federal Open Market Committee announced yesterday that it would maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at the current 2.25-2.5%.
Corporate debt is rising, but not to so much as to cause concern.
With leveraged lending-related risk on regulators’ minds — and on the agenda of the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow — the ABA Banking Journal Podcast discusses the issue with ABA Senior Economist Curtis Dubay.
While corporate debt is at near-record levels and recent growth has been concentrated in riskier segments, “business debt does not appear to present notable risks to financial stability,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said today in Florida.
The rapid growth is attributable largely to nonbanks. Should this group of loans start underperforming, the risk to the banking sector is relatively low.
In the wake of the Federal Reserve’s biennial financial stability report released yesterday, which flagged leveraged loans as a risk factor, Fed Vice Chairman for Supervision Randal Quarles suggested that media reports overplayed the scale of the risk, especially to banks.
Credit standards for leveraged loans continued to deteriorate in recent months, with the share of newly issued large loans to highly leveraged corporations now exceeding peak levels, the Federal Reserve said today in its second report on financial stability. T