For months the financial press has been reporting on the Federal Reserve’s concerns with the leveraged loan market, but it wasn’t until Fed chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee last Wednesday that he specified the actual extent of those concerns.
Reports continue to appear about regulators opining on the leveraged loan market. And so, we once again go to the original sources to see what they are saying. We began this process in December, when we recapped views from the OCC Semi-Annual Risk Assessment and the Federal Reserve’s Financial Stability Report, as well as speeches and comments from Fed Chairman Powell, Vice-Chairman Quarles and Comptroller Otting.
This week we cover Senior Loan Officer Opinion(s), LSTA Year-in-Review, and Anti-trust Issues
In early October, we detailed what practitioners monitored in the third quarter leveraged loan market. This week, in its Senior Loan Officer Opinion (SLOO) Survey, the Fed published what loan officers noted on third quarter. While no one saw the same things, the SLOs flagged a metric that could portend a downturn. (Hint: Yield curve inversion.)
There recently have been several voices expressing concern about the state of the leveraged loan market. The Loans Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) would like to take this opportunity to answer some questions and dispel some of the misperceptions about the leveraged loan market.
This week we cover The $1 Trillion Market; Credit Trends; Blockchain; and LIBOR
LSTA EVP Meredith Coffey presented at Allied Irish Bank, discussing where we were in 2017, where we are today, and what may be on tap for the next 11 months.
After breaking records (and investors’ hearts) in January, the leveraged loan market settled somewhat in February. In turn, the rapid spread deterioration – or improvement, depending on one’s world view – slowed. Below, we run through the numbers that defined February.
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