Stress Testing Corporate Balance Sheets in Emerging Economies

Author/Editor:

Julian T Chow

Publication Date:

September 30, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In recent years, firms in emerging market countries have increased borrowing, particularly in foreign currency, owing to easy access to global capital markets, prolonged low interest rates and good investment opportunities. This paper discusses the trends in emerging market corporate debt and leverage, and illustrates how those firms are vulnerable to interest rate, exchange rate and earnings shocks. The results of a stress test show that while corporate sector risk remains moderate in most emerging economies, a combination of macroeconomic and financial shocks could significantly erode firms’ ability to service debt and lead to higher debt at risk, especially in countries with high shares of foreign currency debt and low natural hedges.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/216

English

Publication Date:

September 30, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513502717/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015216

Format:

Paper

Pages:

18

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