Diversify Your Portfolio with Senior Loans: Market Overview and Analysis

Introduction

Stocks and bonds have long been seen as the primary options for investors. Stocks offer the opportunity to gain from the rise in the value of a company, while bonds typically offer a fixed rate of monthly or quarterly income. But another asset class, senior loans, is growing in popularity and should be considered by investors looking for asset class diversification in their investment portfolios.

This paper will introduce you to the senior loan asset class. It will describe what a senior loan is, and explain some of the advantages and risks of investing in senior loans.

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* Non-investment grade businesses are companies that have a credit rating of BB+ or below or, if not rated, are of similar credit quality. Non-investment grade businesses have been judged as being less creditworthy than investment-grade businesses, and present a greater risk of default and loss than investments in businesses that are rated investment grade. Consequently, an investment in senior loans presents greater risks than investments in money market funds, certificates of deposit and similar highly rated investments

Investment Risks

There are no guarantees a diversified portfolio will outperform a non-diversified portfolio.

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Senior Loans

Below investment grade loans involve a greater risk that borrowers may not make timely payment of interest and principal on their loans. They also involve a greater risk that the value of such loans could decline significantly. If borrowers do not make timely payments of the interest due on their loans, the yield on a portfolio invested will decrease. If borrowers do not make timely payment of the principal due on their loans, or if the value of such loans decreases, the value of a portfolio invested will decrease. Demand for loans: An increase in demand for loans may adversely affect the rate of interest payable on new loans acquired by a portfolio invested, and it may also increase the price of loans in the secondary market. A decrease in the demand for loans may adversely affect the price of loans in a portfolio invested, which could cause such portfolio’s value to decline.

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