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The History of Private Credit: The Foundation

This article is the first part of a series on the history of private credit investing. For access to the rest of the series, read part two and part three. Note: For the purposes of this article, “private debt” (and “private debt markets”) reference the overall private/non-bank lending industry, whereas “private credit” (and “private credit […]

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The History of Private Credit: CLOs and the Great Financial Crisis

This article is the second part of a series on the history of private credit investing. For access to the first article in the series, click here. As the private debt market broadened and deepened throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, alternatives to senior leveraged bank debt or high yield loans began evolving — mainly […]

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The History of Private Credit: An Evolution

This article is the third and final part of a series on the history of private credit investing. For access to the first article in the series, click here. The decade of 2010-2020 was characterized by the use of unconventional monetary policy by the Federal Reserve, which resulted in interest rates remaining at record-low levels […]

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Percent Market Insights: September 2, 2022

August – often a low volume and unexciting end-of-summer month in financial markets – was much more volatile and eventful than usual this year, with the excitement stemming principally from global central banks as they try earnestly to curb stubbornly high inflation. Even as central banks were tightening the screws, August didn’t start off badly […]

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Percent Market Insights: August 3, 2022

July was a banner month for traditional financial assets following a horrendous first half of 2022. What’s perhaps most notable is how the month ended with positive momentum when equity markets surged during the last week. The S&P 500 turned in a solid performance, gaining 9.1% on the month following a 20.6% decline in the […]

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Percent Market Insights: July 6, 2022

Thursday marked the end of a difficult first half of the year for nearly all traditional financial asset classes. For the past six months, returns in most global equity markets were negative, with U.S. equities being one of the poorest performers. The S&P 500 declined 20.6% in the first half of this year, its worst […]

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The State of Inflation: Origins, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Few subjects in finance at the moment are as relevant as inflation. The U.S., like many developed global economies, finds itself mired in a period of high inflation that is eroding living standards and leading to imbalances in the global economy. In May of this year, the Consumer Price Index (“CPI,” encompassing all goods and […]

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Geopolitical Conflict and Its Toll on Business

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th caused a tremendous amount of misery and death (both military and civilian). Though largely anticipated by western governments, the invasion has both profound geopolitical effects and resulted in real economic and financial costs for the global economy. Wars are expensive to finance by the countries involved, while also […]

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Percent Market Insights: June 3, 2022

A Perfect Storm of Volatility Sentiment during the first three weeks of May felt similar to April as the ongoing “risk-off” attitude caused equities and bonds prices to continue to slide. As it had broadly telegraphed, the Federal Reserve dug in its heels and remained singularly focused on tightening monetary policy quickly in order to […]

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