Corporate bankruptcies this year are the highest since 2010
Corporate bankruptcies so far this year are at levels last seen back in 2010 when the economy was tentatively recovering from a catastrophic recession, per a new report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Why it matters: Now, we're not in a recession or even close to one — instead, the bankruptcies are a result of the rapid interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.
Zoom out: For companies that weren't doing so hot before the rate hikes, the end of cheap money sealed their fate.
- When ultra-easy access to funding dries up, the spigot shuts off for companies that probably shouldn’t be borrowing more anyway.
There was a flurry of bankruptcy filings early in the month — with seven large Chapter 11s in a two-day span.
- The pace slowed after that — there were 54 bankruptcies filed in all of May, a slight tick up from the prior month — and lower than in March when 70 companies filed, per S&P's report.
- Well-known brands that succumbed to Chapter 11 this year include Bed Bath & Beyond, Party City, and mattress maker Serta Simmons.