non·​per·​form·​ing | \ ˌnän-pər-ˈfȯr-miŋ How to pronounce nonperforming (audio) , ˌnän-pə-ˈfȯr-miŋ \

Definition of nonperforming

: not producing the expected return nonperforming loans nonperforming assets

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Recent Examples on the Web With the country’s economy slowing sharply, an accumulation of nonperforming loans could become a bigger headache. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "If the coronavirus leads to another financial crisis, it might start in Italy," 12 Mar. 2020 Credit rating agency Moody's said that this is the highest ratio of nonperforming exposures (NPEs) in its global rating universe. Stelios Bouras, Fortune, "The Greek economy is roaring back—which could lead to the mass eviction of homeowners," 26 Feb. 2020 In the past few years global investment firms have invested more than $3 billion in nonperforming Chinese commercial loans, estimates PricewaterhouseCoopers. WSJ, "Vulture Investors Swoop Into China to Feast on Soured Loans," 21 Jan. 2020 No surprise that the ratio of nonperforming loans for midsize Indian firms has shot up from 13% at the end of 2015 to 17.5%, compounding the misery for lenders. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Putting on the Squeeze Won’t Tame India’s Twin Crises," 2 Nov. 2019 Investors inside and outside the country have long worried that China’s banking system has more nonperforming loans than banks disclose. WSJ, "Key Chinese Lending Rate Hits Lowest Since 2009," 26 June 2019 Bank OZK’s ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 0.23% as of Sept. 30, up from 0.15% as of June 30. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Arkansas Bank’s Shares Tank on Loan Losses," 19 Oct. 2018 And, of course, the fundamentals of Italy’s economic situation have not changed — a cumulative debt of over 130 percent of gross domestic product, low growth, high unemployment, and banks with mounds of nonperforming loans. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "A Day of Peril for the E.U.: Threats Emerge From the U.S. and Within," 1 June 2018 Banks that step up recognition of nonperforming loans may be eligible to put aside less money to cover potential losses—as low as 120% of total bad loans, according to a recent regulatory ruling. WSJ, "Growth Bounces Back for Year at China’s Largest Banks," 29 Mar. 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonperforming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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