The FT writes "GE Capital calls time on commercial paper borrowing," which tells us, "General Electric's financial services division is giving up on using commercial paper, in a landmark moment for a business that was once the largest borrower in the market. GE Capital's move away from commercial paper -- debt with a maturity of up to 270 days -- could add to its cost of financing, which is also under upward pressure after downgrades in its credit rating.... Before the 2008 crisis, GE Capital boasted about being the largest borrower in global commercial paper markets, using them to support operations that included consumer credit, mortgages and industrial lending. At the end of 2007, it accounted for about 4 per cent of all the commercial paper outstanding in the US. Since the crisis, it has been running down its exposure. GE Capital's commercial paper outstanding was about $106bn at the end of 2007. By the end of 2015, that was down to $5bn, as the group sold the majority of its financial services assets, and it plans to reduce that to zero by the end of the year. Parent GE has also been cutting its use of commercial paper sharply over the past year. The company is instead becoming more reliant on bank lending." The FT quotes Crane Data's Peter Crane, "It has been years since GE was a major player in the CP market. The CP market has been growing and recovering nicely since the financial crisis and since the 'big sort' of money fund reforms in 2016."

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