The H1 2018 leveraged loan market in four charts

The leveraged loan market continues to post new issuance numbers at a near-record pace.

The leveraged loan market continues to be firing on all cylinders, with almost $238 billion in new issuance in the second quarter. That puts the total $737 billion issued in the first six months of the year almost equal with the total issued at the same time last year. In 2017, there were $1.4 trillion of new issuance, which blew past the record $1.14 trillion issued in 2013. Here are four other charts showing where we are halfway through the year.