Professor Edward Altman explains why he believes defaults on junk bonds will spike to record-breaking numbers in 2020
— June 9, 2020
Excerpt from Bloomberg -- "Edward Altman said he expects a record number of mega-bankruptcies this year, surpassing the previous high of 49 in 2009 for companies with liabilities greater than $1 billion. Defaults on junk bonds also will spike, the professor emeritus at NYU’S Stern School added. 'It’s not only the impact of Covid-19, which is of course the primary reason, but also the enormous amount of debt that had been building up in the economy prior to it,' said Altman, who developed a widely used method called the Altman-Z-Score for predicting business failures."