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Secondary Trading & Settlement Monthly November Executive Summary

December has been a strong month in the secondary loan market so far, with the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) already returning over 1%. With less than two weeks remaining before year-end, loans have already delivered an 8-plus% annual return, marking a three-year high.

Secondary Trading & Settlement Monthly: October Executive Summary

November was a solid month in the secondary loan market, with S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) returning 0.59%. October, however, was a different story. Secondary loan trading volume spiked 19% in October to a six-month high of $64 billion. This followed a two-month stretch where volumes fell below $60 billion per month.

The LSTA Annual Conference: The Big Aha’s

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the LSTA hosted its 24th Annual Loan Market Conference. In case you weren’t one of the lucky 1,200 attendees, we are providing a short summary in the LSTA Newsletter today, with links to the presentations and charts. Of course, we hope you can join us in person next year!

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LSTA Newsletter: February 21, 2020

This week, we start off in the markets, comparing defaults (low but rising), leverage (high but edging down), and yields (low and lowering). We move to LIBOR, announcing the new SOFR Index and Averages, and reminding members of our weekly call. We shift to the courts, providing an update on our Madden vs Midland amicus. […]

Market: Defaults, Structure & Pricing

Loan defaults climbed (slightly) this month and leveraged M&A structures have been more conservative in the last three months. These two facts likely are unrelated.

SOFR Index (and Averages) are Coming!

he SOFR Index (and Averages) have created considerable buzz in the loan space. The good news: Last week, the New York Fed announced it would start publishing them on March 2nd. The bad news: Due to various loan idiosyncrasies, these tools – while still beneficial! – may be less useful than for other asset classes. We explain all below.

LSTA Newsletter: February 14, 2020

This week, we start off talking about how “loans as securities” might morph into “loans as direct loans”. On a related(ish) note, we also discuss direct lending trends. We dig into LBO trends, looking at now (2019) and then (2007). And, finally, we ponder the evolution to SOFR (and, specifically, cash spread adjustments).

LBOs: Less Leverage? More Flex!

An eternal question is “How do the current crop of leveraged loans compare to the 2007 vintage?” Today we have an answer. Covenant Review recently compared recent jumbo LBOs to their pre-crisis counterparts