Global debt reaches $289 trillion in the first quarter of 2021

Published Monday, 21st June 2021

Global debt reaches $289 trillion in the first quarter of 2021
In Q1 of 2021 the total global debt accumulated is about $289 trillion (USD), where that eye staggering amount represents a debt-to-GDP ratio in excess of 365%. 

That equates to approximately $36,700 of effective debt per person on the planet (based on the approximate worldwide population in 2021).

The increased indebtness is largely attributed to the coronavirus crisis, which pushed global debt levels to a new highs and and as a result the Institute for International Finance has warned of the “attack of the debt tsunami” which can be viewed here.

It comes after governments across the world stepped up support for corporates and its citizens, and also due to corpoprates having to seek out alternative funding as activity came to a halt in the wake of Covid-19. Both events translated into higher borrowing and, therefore, higher levels of global indebtedness.

The issue is that larger debt levels put governments, companies and households at a higher risk during economic downturns as they are required to service that debt.

Read more about the Institute for International Finance findings here ... (click on the image below)