BAD DEBT IS (NOT) A BAD FRIEND

Scientific review article
Autor: Aleksandar Zavišić
JEL: G11, G24
doi: 10.5937/bankarstvo1604150Z
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Summary: Investing in distressed debt is a less known investment strategy of astute investors. Bonds with uncertain cash flow are the subject of their focus, especially in the Anglo-Saxon financial systems. The range of realized rates of return is very wide and retail investors are out of the game. One aspect of this strategy are investments in non-performing loans, that is the purchase of distressed loans at a discount. It does not take a genius to see that one of the reasons of insolvency in the Serbian economy is the long-standing low economic growth in Serbia, in the region and in Europe. High systemic risk coupled with the inefficient bankruptcy process and out-of-court restructuring are the context in which the problem of non-performing loans is to be solved. A series of other factors related to banks, real estate market, tax considerations, as well as the lack of supportive actions to prevent the increase of non-performing loans act as additional constraints. In mid-2015, a strategy was adopted in Serbia, which recognized this silent and prolonged crisis that has been accumulating within the banking system.

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