Chinese Defaults to Rise in 2020 as Economy Slows, Moody’s Says

The number of Chinese companies failing to make payments will continue to rise in the year ahead as economic growth sputters and the government attempts to rein in support to indebted companies, according to Moody’s Investors Service, Bloomberg News reported. The credit ratings company expects 40-50 new defaults in 2020, up from 35 this year, according to Ivan Chung, head of greater China credit research and analysis at Moody’s. He expects the total value of defaults would be below 200 billion yuan ($28 billion), representing less than 1% of the size of China’s bond market. “The regulators’ intention is to reduce moral hazard” while at the same time ensuring any defaults “won’t undermine socioeconomic stability or trigger systemic risks,” he said at a roundtable in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Read more