Investment Topic: Private Credit

Research Report November 2019
Outlook 2020: Ten Investing Themes for the Coming Year

This year’s returns have been driven more by what has not gone wrong than what has gone right. Slowing economic growth and lackluster earnings have not shifted investors’ focus from dovish central banks and a slight easing of geopolitical risks. It is an open question whether investors will remain so sanguine in 2020. Our Outlook 2020 highlights ten themes for the coming year, with a focus on key macro questions, emerging opportunities, and risks.
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Research Note July 2019
Stress and Losses Among Middle-Market Senior and Unitranche Loans: Introducing Cambridge Associates’ New Database

As part of our ongoing commitment to alternative credit, Cambridge Associates (CA) began compiling a database of credit stress and losses in one of the largest strategies within private credit, senior debt (i.e., direct lending). Our initial outreach in the United States and Europe yielded data from 11 senior debt funds tracking material document modifications (which we use as a proxy for credit stress, greater detail below) and loss rates in bilateral and clubbed middle-market lending.
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Research Report January 2019
Private Credit Benchmarks: A User’s Guide

In response to the proliferation of new private credit strategies and managers, Cambridge Associates has developed a set of benchmarks that will help limited partners assess the performance of new and existing fund manager (general partners).
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Research Report May 2018
Portfolio Benchmarking: Best Practices for Private Investments

When assessing performance at the aggregate private portfolio and sub-component level, investors should take the long view. In this publication, we review how long funds take to settle into their ultimate quartile ranking and highlight our framework for benchmarking a portfolio of private investments.
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Research Report February 2018
Distressed Debt: A New Way to Categorize Managers

As the economic cycle progresses, the next recession draws inexorably closer, bringing with it the next downturn in the credit cycle. Recognizing this, institutional investors are increasingly considering allocations to distressed debt managers. While lumping all distressed managers into one group is tempting, different managers have meaningfully different approaches that are not captured by considerations…
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Research Report September 2017
Private Credit Strategies: An Introduction

Private credit offers distinct advantages and appeal in a low return environment, but investors should be aware that behind the name is a diverse array of strategies, some more familiar to institutional investors than others, each with idiosyncratic risks. In this report, we describe the broad array of private credit strategies and position them along the risk/return spectrum, review the investment process, discuss expectations for the performance of these strategies in various parts of the economic cycle, and highlight some key risks for investors to consider.
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Research Brief June 2017
Is Deregulation the Death Knell of Direct Lending? Reviewing the Evidence

Some market participants have feared the worst for direct lending from a potential repeal of The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In this brief, we review the data and show that changes in banks’ lending behavior cannot clearly be traced to the passage of Dodd-Frank or its implementation.
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CA Answers March 2017
Does US Corporate Tax Reform Endanger Private Debt Strategies?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. No. If the interest expense deduction is eliminated, debt issuance may drop slightly, but the demand for senior and mezzanine debt will be little changed, and the risk/reward proposition is still attractive for investors. Under the…
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