Sears: Down for the Count?

Posted by David Diggins on Oct 16, 2018 3:29:01 PM

Many reports are claiming the death of Sears, but is it really dead or just dead as we knew it?

Sears started life in 1892 as a mail-order catalog that sold watches and jewelry. In 1894 the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog had grown to 322 pages and included sewing machines, bicycles, sporting goods, automobiles and other new items. In the following years the catalog would eclipse 500 pages and adding dolls, stoves and groceries.

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Topics: bankruptcy, sears, Distressed Debt, Restructuring, default, Loans, bonds, News

LevFin Insights BDC Portfolio News 9-10-18

Posted by Thomas Dunford on Sep 10, 2018 5:05:18 PM

Download: LFI BDC Portfolio News 9-10-18

As promised, loan arrangers rolled out a big September calendar of M&A deals brimming with new money seeking to take advantage of the late-August lull and a favorable funds flow picture following the busiest month for CLO issuance since March 2015. High-yield, too, kicked back into high gear, driven in part by coordinated cross-border deals for some of the same issuers currently being reviewed by loan accounts, while restructurings drove some of last week’s lively secondary action.

Loan investors are kicking the tires on a trio of large M&A deals that will set the tone for the market in the coming weeks not only for the other transactions already launched but also for those to come later this month. Traders, too, are awaiting clearing levels on these jumbo deals—which are being talked wide of where single-B executions printed earlier in the year—as well as to see how the market absorbs the supply once these deals allocate.

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Topics: LevFin Insights, News, BDC, portfolio, Fixed Income, bonds, market analytics, Middle Market

Duration Risk: The Relationship Between Bond Prices and Interest Rates

Posted by David Diggins on Sep 6, 2018 3:30:33 PM

Duration risk has been a popular theme around buy-side firms as they look to incorporate low duration bonds into model portfolios to reduce interest rate sensitivity and increase liquidity. Typical bond indexes have an average duration of 5-7 years; this will create large outflow of assets in the upcoming quarters and increase popularity among individual securities.

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Topics: bonds, Fixed Income, interest rate, duration risk, Bonds Maturing, portfolio, bond market, Investment Grade, Analytics, market analytics

European Bond Research as of November 22, 2017

Posted by Michael F. Brown on Nov 22, 2017 2:52:30 PM
EUROPEAN JUNK BONDS RETAINED SLIGHT FAVOR over their less-risky investment-grade counterparts, as stocks in Europe's bourses stepped modestly higher. A bit   less acute German political risk  was in the picture, relative to yesterday. The view grew that   a return to the   Grand Coalition  of parties urged by Angela Merkel may be best , despite resistance from the liberal   SPD ( Social Democratic Party of Germany). This, along with a   sharp fresh high in crude-oil prices, led investors in Europe to show a slight preference for risk assets, as   WTI (West Texas Intermediate) oil touched its highest close in over two years.   European oil firms rose accordingly  as gains in   Royal Dutch Shell PLC  shares added 1.0%,   Tullow Oil PLC  was up 4.3%, and   Total SA  was up 1.4%. In other sector cues for bond traders,   Akzo Nobel NV shares added 1.4%,  Thomas Cook PLC was off 7.7%, as of   4:40  London time.       
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Topics: bond market, bonds, corporate bonds

European Bond Research 11/16/2017

Posted by Michael F. Brown on Nov 17, 2017 11:57:16 AM
JUNK BONDS FLUCTUATED HIGHER  in overall price gains linked to trades, outpacing investment-grade debt on the European trading front. A  strong showing by Europe's carmakers  was a major element in today's market dynamic, as   Volkswagen AG  shares jumped 3.1%,   Fiat Chrysler NV  was up 1.6%, and   Renault SA added 1.3%, as of   3:30 PM, London time. Today's rebound in risk assets, on the heels of the worst run of sell-offs since October of '16, was fed also by upbeat data from heavyweight conglomerate   Bouygues SA,   3i Group PLC, and  British Land Co. PLC.   Nymex  oil prices stabilized around $55.30, supporting a   rebound in the oil-and-energy sector  as the view grew that U.S. shale producers will be more disciplined, going forward. 
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Topics: junk bonds, High Yield, Investment Grade, bond market, corporate bonds, bonds

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