The private debt market has been a significant growth story for some time. As we now look at a backdrop of rising short-term interest rates, iCapital sees investors looking to private credit as “a significant buffer over publicly traded high-yield or leveraged loans.”Yet, such front-office growth only hints at the implications behind the scenes. As a provider of loan market solutions, we see this trend through an operational lens.
The horrors unfolding in Ukraine are deeply upsetting on every level. As investors, it is our job to separate emotions from facts that alter our 9–12-month view of the economy and financial markets. The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated at a rapid pace in recent weeks, challenging some of our earlier assumptions and raising the risk of a more substantial impairment to global growth—Europe, in particular.
235,900: This figure represents the number of contracts in the UK that have yet to transition from reliance on London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR) to the new Sterling Overnight Index Average, or SONIA, according to January 2022 data from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). These contracts include interest-rate derivatives, bonds, securitisations, loans, mortgages and other products. They represent £472 billion in value, per the FCA.