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Fixed versus floating: vulnerability to rising interest rates

​Looking at different economies’ exposure to fixed- and floating-rate private-sector debt reveals how vulnerable they could be to rising interest rates. Our analysis finds that Hong Kong, Sweden, China and Australia are potentially most exposed via floating rates to rising debt service costs. A 150bp rise in rates would also push several other countries’ debt service ratios above the peaks of 2008. Less vulnerable economies include the US and Germany.​

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