The New Asset Class Rocketing on Wall Street

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The New Asset Class Rocketing on Wall Street

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There is a new big asset class getting very popular on Wall Street. You may think it is some new esoteric structured credit or volatility product. But guess what, it is just about the oldest product in the world-business lending, or "direct-lending" as it is being called. It has been increasingly apparent on the fringes that big Wall Street players, like Goldman Sachs, have recently taken an interest in direct lending. Now, the whole Street is getting in on the action. Major private shops like KKR and others have started direct lending funds, and the area has returned handsomely, up over 20% this year. The idea of the funds is to lend to businesses and whose credit excludes them from the usual channels.

FINSUM : These funds seem likely to do well until a recession or period of deleveraging occurs, at which time they are likely to see high levels of defaults.

  • bonds
  • lending
  • private equity
  • Goldman Sachs
  • direct lending

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