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At Long Last, US Leveraged Loan ‘Supply’ Tops Investor Demand

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For the first time in 16 months, the supply of U.S. leveraged loans will outpace investor demand, and in a big way.

Subtracting loan fund flows and CLO issuance (LCD’s proxy for demand) from the net change in loan outstandings per the S&P/LSTA Index (our proxy for supply), the market saw a whopping $22 billion supply surplus in June.

This is, of course, a dramatic turnaround from the shortage of paper that has characterized the loan market since 2Q16. That shortage was as deep as $14 billion in January of this year and has averaged a withering $6.3 billion over the prior 15 months. – Marina Lukatsky

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