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Considering competitive market dynamics, market participants report a tightening in credit spreads since Q2 2020 and generally stable credit spreads in 2Q21.
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How are market participants reacting to positive vaccination rates, economic optimism, company prospects and floating rate security demand?
In Q4 2020, market participants noted improving comfort with company and industry fundamentals, outlooks, and the ability to weather a second wave of the virus.
In Q3 2020, secondary equity and credit markets rebounded, primary equity and levered finance markets reopened, and the price of risk declined.
As we head into Q4 2020, the new normal in private capital markets has fully set in, generally defined by prudence and caution, albeit a work in progress.
Considering the virus’ material impact on specific industries, we’ve seen a greater emphasis on secondary industry-specific loan indexes when controlling for credit risk.
The only comparable event to the spread of the virus for modern private capital markets is the Great Recession, but there are some key differences this time.
While secondary indexes are good barometers of investor sentiment and market trends, the levels reflected may not fully reflect company fundamentals and deal pricing, reflecting the new normal in a COVID-19 economic environment.