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Global Gearing Is in Uptrend and Has Passed 2008 Peak

Gearing is in uptrend and has passed 2008 peak

  • Looking at more than 17,000 companies worldwide
  • Gearing has been trending up since 2010
  • It passed the 2008 peak in 2017
  • However, gearing is still below peaks before the Dotcom bubble and the Asian financial crisis

Debt coverage increased in 2017

  • Debt coverage trended downwards from 2010
  • In Emerging markets, it started to come back up in 2016
  • In 2017, times-interest-earned rose in Developed markets as well

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