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.
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.
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.
General Electric's CEO isn't inspiring much confidence.
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.
KHC has a big problem on its balance sheet.
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