debt burden

The debt of a country, when large enough that servicing it has become difficult.

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  • debt burden — ➔ burden * * * debt burden UK US noun [C or U] (also debt load) ► ECONOMICS, FINANCE the amount of debt owed by a person, company, or country: »The EU is participating in the initiative to ease the debt burden of the highly indebted poorer… …   Financial and business terms

  • debt burden — debt burdens N COUNT A debt burden is a large amount of money that one country or organization owes to another and which they find very difficult to repay. ...the massive debt burden of the Third World …   English dictionary

  • debt-burden — adjective noun …   Wiktionary

  • burden — bur‧den [ˈbɜːdn ǁ ˈbɜːrdn] noun [countable] 1. something that causes people a lot of difficulty or worry: • In less prosperous areas the taxes were, for many, such a burden that they lived in poverty. 2. particular costs such as taxes or interest …   Financial and business terms

  • Debt deflation — is a theory of economic cycles, which holds that recessions and depressions are due to the overall level of debt shrinking (deflating): the credit cycle is the cause of the economic cycle. The theory was developed by Irving Fisher following the… …   Wikipedia

  • debt load — ➔ load1 * * * debt load UK US noun [C, usually singular] ECONOMICS, FINANCE ► the amount of debt that a person, company, or country has, especially in relation to their ability to pay it back: »carry/cut/reduce a debt load a crushing/heavy/high… …   Financial and business terms

  • Debt-for-nature swap — Debt for nature swaps are financial transactions in which a portion of a developing nation s foreign debt is forgiven in exchange for local investments in environmental conservation measures. Contents 1 History 2 How Debt for Nature Swaps Work 3… …   Wikipedia

  • Debt of developing countries — The debt of developing countries is external debt incurred by governments of developing countries, generally in quantities beyond the governments political ability to repay. Unpayable debt is a term used to describe external debt when the… …   Wikipedia

  • Debt Overhang — A debt burden that is so large that an entity cannot take on additional debt to finance future projects, even those that are profitable enough to enable it to reduce its indebtedness over time. Debt overhang serves to dissuade current investment …   Investment dictionary

  • burden — bur|den1 W3S3 [ˈbə:dn US ˈbə:rdn] n [: Old English; Origin: byrthen] 1.) something difficult or worrying that you are responsible for burden of ▪ The burden of taxation has risen considerably. burden on ▪ I don t like being a burden on other… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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