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Swelling US corporate debt raises risk of global financial meltdown

American businesses more indebted than before the financial crisis

Many policymakers and market players are beginning to fear that the US corporate credit cycle is approaching its peak and will soon enter a phase of contraction (Nikkei montage/Reuters).

NEW YORK -- Surging U.S. business debt, already at historic levels, is posing a potentially huge risk for the global financial system and the world economy, raising concerns among market players and policymakers.

Experts are growing increasingly uneasy about both the quality and quantity of debt in the U.S. corporate sector as the amount of loans to borrowers with lower credit ratings and already high levels of debt is increasing.

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