Opportunities in Private Credit: Stepping in as Banks Step Out
As banks pull back from many types of lending, demand for capital is outpacing supply, providing the best potential opportunities in private credit since the GFC.
Exchange 2024 Keynote Lineup Showcases Breadth of Expertise
Exchange has assembled an impressive lineup of keynote speakers. The conference is just around the corner, with the financial services community gathering February 11-14 in Miami Beach. Here’s what to expect from the keynote speakers.
Margin Debt Down 6.7% in October; Third Straight Decline
FINRA has released new data for margin debt, now available through October. The latest debt level fell for a third straight month to $635.28 billion. Margin debt is down 6.7% month-over-month (MoM) and down 2.2% year-over-year (YoY). However, after adjusting for inflation, debt level is down 6.7% MoM and down 5.3% YoY.
Annuities Are Back in Fashion, But Are They Safe?
Every time interest rates go up there is a flurry of demand for a product that has been around at least since the Roman Empire — annuities. The insurance industry has already seen rapid growth in annuity sales since 2021 and if rates remain at or move above current levels, demand seems poised to explode.
How CLOs Can Provide an Alternative to Traditional Bond ETFs
Fixed income ETF demand has been strong in 2023 led by Treasury ETFs. However, advisors have been rewarded by turning to alternatives in the fixed income space, such as those focused on the collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) market.
Is a Hedge Fund-Style Investment Right for You?
Former Bridgewater Associates LP executive Bob Elliott’s plan for exchange-traded funds that employ hedge fund strategies has sharpened the debate about whether retail investors should have access to such approaches.
After Large-Caps Dominance, It Could Be Small Cap’s Turn
Year to date, the Russell 2000’s scant 1% gain is dwarfed by the S&P 500’s 18% gain. But that could be changing. After dominating much of 2023, large-caps could potentially step aside for small-caps to take the majority of gains.
Today’s Yield Curve Steepening Is Not Different This Time, It’s Not The Same
The steepening yield curve has grabbed my attention. Historically, it's been a reliable investment signal. However, as I discuss in my article below, today's might not be occurring for the same reasons as in the past. It's not that it's different this time. It just might not be the same (so far).
Fourth Quarter 2023 Fixed-Income Sector Views
In this issue of Fixed-Income Sector Views, our Sector Teams identify positive technical trends that have helped to support spreads, but remain vigilant for signs of credit deterioration as the slowing economy and the bite of higher rates start to be felt by issuers.