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Optimising Distressed Loan Books: Practical solutions for dealing with non-performing loans by John Michael Sheehan

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9. New Initiatives to Preserve Capital and Increase Returns

The 2008 crisis coincided with the end of a 30-year long period of gradually reducing interest rates and credit growth in most Western economies. Interest rates can no longer be reduced further so, unlike the last correction, there will be no credit-pricing boost to drive market rebound.

Unassisted, a sustained recovery within the real estate markets may therefore take much longer than previously experienced, which makes the task of cleaning up distressed debt especially challenging, and the longer it will likely be until the recovery process is completed. Given this added uncertainty, alternative approaches that produce better monetisation and ways of preserving capital should theoretically ...

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