Factors in the Balance: 2022 Loan Market Considerations

Corporate & Institutional

We are now entering a third calendar year where the impacts of COVID-19 continue to inform strategic and operational decision making both in loan markets and in broader financial contexts. At the same time, central banks globally have been increasingly clear about their intent to readjust the approach to interest rates and stimulus programs that provided pandemic support. A new economic reality may be coming into play.

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Loan Administration through an Asset Manager’s Eyes

Corporate & Institutional

Vigorous lending driven by the desire for yield created a banner year for loan markets in 2021. Per S&P Global Leveraged Commentary and Data (LCD), the “U.S. leveraged loan market is on a record pace for issuance in 2021,” with total institutional loan volume at $487 billion as of the end of Q3 2021.1 As a result, the U.S. loan markets have drawn in $25.9 billion in investor inflows, while the volume of primary Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) issuance reached $46.

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The Scale Trap: A Perennial Consideration in Loan Agency Services

Corporate & Institutional

Scale is a perennial consideration in the context of loan agency services. Depending on the nature of a particular deal, factors such as the number of lenders, the size and structure of the facility, and the needs of the borrowers can all influence the choice of an agent. These are some of the elements that help determine whether a large-scale, off-the-rack approach or a more tailored and collaborative approach will better address unique stakeholder needs.

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