Leveraged loans, covenant-lite agreements, and historically low-interest rates and defaults gave us a frothy corporate debt market. An economic downturn could be crushing on weak banks/FI’s and investors, as well as companies on edge.
The article by Fortune discusses the issues in more detail. Long story short, we are operating at the marginal edge, and any blip is likely to cause a corporate debt crisis similar to the housing crisis of 2008. Forewarned is forearmed.