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U.S. Officials Meet in Secret Over Junk-Loan Frenzy as Recession Alarms Flash

U.S. Officials Meet in Secret Over Junk-Loan Frenzy as Recession Alarms Flash

The Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel of top U.S. regulators charged with preventing future financial crises, met Thursday to discuss the past decade's surge in corporate borrowing, much of it by companies with junk-grade credit rating. An economic downturn likely would bring a wave of credit-rating downgrades and debt defaults that could ripple across markets.

As Trade War Hits, China Looks Unsteady as $1.1 Trillion Treasury Investor

As Trade War Hits, China Looks Unsteady as $1.1 Trillion Treasury Investor

Some traders have speculated that China might liquidate its $1.1 trillion of U.S. Treasury bonds as a way of striking back against President Donald Trump's tariffs on imports from the country. But such a scenario might hide the real urgency: The Chinese government might need the cash, according to the wealth manager deVere Group.

Shadowy Lenders, Tech Players Pose Risk to Banking System: Fed Official

Shadowy Lenders, Tech Players Pose Risk to Banking System: Fed Official

Randal Quarles, the Federal Reserve's vice chair for supervision, says regulators need to be vigilant about new risks from lenders that operate outside of the strictest banking-industry rules - as well as from the increasing push by technology companies into lending and asset management.

Larry Culp's Cash Flow Comments Continue to Crush GE Stock

Larry Culp's Cash Flow Comments Continue to Crush GE Stock

General Electric's CEO isn't inspiring much confidence.

Rapid Growth in Junk Bonds and Loans Poses Risks, Dallas Fed Chief Says

Rapid Growth in Junk Bonds and Loans Poses Risks, Dallas Fed Chief Says

A rapid increase over the past decade in the amount of debt taken out by corporations could aggravate the severity of an economic downturn, according to Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Chart of the Day: Kraft Heinz Credit Outlook Is Troubling

Chart of the Day: Kraft Heinz Credit Outlook Is Troubling

KHC has a big problem on its balance sheet.

What Is a FICO Score and Why Does It Matter?

What Is a FICO Score and Why Does It Matter?

A good FICO score can help you get approval on credit cards and important loans. What is it, and what makes for a good score?

Debt Service Coverage Ratio: Definition, How to Calculate and Examples

Debt Service Coverage Ratio: Definition, How to Calculate and Examples

The DSCR measures how well a company can service its debt with its current revenue. Here's how to calculate it.

What Is Leverage in Finance and What Is the Formula?

What Is Leverage in Finance and What Is the Formula?

Financial leverage brings great risk, but also brings great reward for companies.

An Alternative to China Currency Management

An Alternative to China Currency Management

Where China needs to defend the renminbi from falling too far.