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BlackRock Says Scale of Restructuring May Exceed 2008 Crisis

  • Global sub-investment debt more than doubled to $5.3 trillion
  • Smaller firms lack access to public markets despite easing
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BlackRock Inc. says that the scale of restructuring needs globally could exceed the previous peak that followed the 2008 global financial crisis.

“One big reason is the significant growth in sub-investment grade debt,” the company’s research arm, BlackRock Investment Institute, said in a note dated Oct. 19. The amount of outstanding debt with ratings below investment grade, including loans and private credit, has more than doubled to $5.3 trillion since 2007, according to the asset manager.