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2Q19 Secondary Trading Summary: Lower VOL

After recording consecutive record highs during the fourth quarter of last year ($211 billion) and again during the first quarter of this year ($212 billion), secondary loan trading volumes decreased 10% in the second quarter, to $191 billion. Second quarter’s tally represented a 4% increase over the same time last year (which by the way, was the first time trade activity exceeded $180 billion).

Secondary Trading Volumes Surge to a Record $76.1B In January

Talk about starting the year off with a bang.  Secondary loan trading volumes increased 9% in January to $76.1 billion as prices rebounded in the secondary and the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index (LLI) returned a whopping 2.55%.  January marked the second time in the last three months that trading activity hit a fresh all-time high – the other being November at $74.9 billion.  And across the previous three months, market breadth remained robust with an average of 1,465 individual loans traded per month.

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Sustainability-Linked Loans: Financing the Green Transition

This practice note provides an overview of sustainability-linked loans (SLL). Sustainability-themed debt instruments represent one response of the financial community to the need to channel capital towards facilitating a carbon transition. A Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note by Amara Gossin, Barclays and Robert Lewis, Sidley Austin

ESG and Cyber in Credit Ratings Presentation

The focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is intensifying across financial markets – the loan market included. This presentation was done by Jim Hempstead, Managing Director, Global Project & Infrastructure Finance and Brendan Sheehan, VP-Senior Analyst-Environmental, Social & Governance both from Moody’s Investor Service.

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.

Credit Ratings and ESG (Part 1)

As 2019 comes to a close, the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) significance in financial markets has been undeniable. In Europe, this trend is quite established, but over the last two years it has jumped the pond and there is now significant ESG interest by U.S. investors.