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Leverage the analysis we continuously aggregate from our members, coupled with our industry insights. We share a wide range of high-quality data and analysis, including 360-degree quantitative insights into the loan market’s performance and growth through trade data, settlement time statistics for par and distressed trades, shift dates, and more.

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  • Senior Loans: A Closer Look

    Over the past three decades, the senior loan market has grown  from relatively modest beginnings into an essential element of corporate finance, playing a core-plus role in institutional fixed-income allocations.  In 2018, the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index, an indicator of market size, surpassed $1 trillion in outstandings.

  • Investing in U.S. Senior Secured Institutional Term Loans

    The U.S. senior secured institutional term loan asset class provides a number of benefits to investors, including a floating-rate coupon, a large and liquid market, lower credit and interest-rate risk than high-yield bonds, and many ways to gain exposure.

  • Understanding the U.S. Senior Secured Loan Market

    Investors in loans like their short duration, high position in the capital structure and their floating-rate attribute that has resulted in better returns than other fixed income instruments. LSTA Executive Director Bram Smith met with four leading loan market participants to discuss the current state of the market, the issues it faces, and how senior loans can enhance institutional portfolios.

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LSTA Newsletter: August 16, 2019

This week we cover LIBOR-Good News and Less Good News; Docs Terms of Use; Delayed Comp Docs Released; Loans Mag Announcement

Loans Magazine – Summer 2019 Edition

This edition provides members with valuable content on the latest developments in the syndicated loan market. An article from David Chmiel of Global Torchlight Limited which explores “Current Geopolitical Trends Impacting the Loan Market”. We continue with a series of articles on the many aspects of the LIBOR/SOFR transition, an analysis of the secondary loan […]

LIBOR Fallbacks: Good News… and Less Good News

There is good news – and less good news – on LIBOR fallback language in cash products like loans, FRNs and CLOs. On the good news front, it looks like most cash products are now including fallback language in new deals. This is critical because many instruments will be outstanding when LIBOR ends after 2021, and if they don’t have good fallback language, there could be contract frustration (and litigation). However, on the less-good-news front, the fallback language is not always consistent (which may lead to a lot of work to determine exactly how each instrument would fall back) or workable en masse (which may lead to traffic jams as everyone tries to amend their deals at the same time). We discuss the fallback status of FRNs and loans below. (And we’d gently remind readers that several CLOs have gone “hardwired”, per LCD and Covenant Review).

Primary Delayed Compensation: Drafts Released

Yesterday, the LSTA released drafts of the LSTA trading documents to be used in connection with the new Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol. Below, please find links to the clean drafts and blacklines marking the changes to the current versions of the Par/Near Par Trade Confirmation and Standard Terms and Conditions for Par/Near Par Trades.

Primary Delayed Compensation Protocol

The Protocol applies to a “Primary Allocation” which is an allocation of new money by a syndicate desk in connection with either (i) a new issue syndication or (ii) an amendment of an existing Credit Agreement. In addition, the Protocol affects when-issued secondary trades by (i) changing what constitutes an Early Day Trade and (ii) […]

FAQs: The LSTA Trading Documents’ New Terms of Use

As we previously noted, on May 17, 2019, the LSTA published a new suite of U.S. secondary market trading documents. In conjunction with the rollout of the new documents the LSTA changed the Terms of Use applicable to counterparties who use those documents. Since then, we’ve received many questions about the new Terms of Use and below we answer many of those questions.