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Market sources tell us of some aggressive practices being undertaken by lenders at the smaller end of the market.
Investors are still looking to commit more capital to private debt, with direct lending the most popular strategy.
An early adopter, Arizona State Retirement System has become a giant of the asset class. Andrew Hedlund visits its Phoenix offices to find out how its portfolio has been shaped and what the future holds
SME lending could help investors to access a risk-return profile unavailable elsewhere. But the sector is far from homogeneous, and therefore challenging.
Talk of how to respond to a downturn was on the agenda at our recent London event, amid scepticism that fund managers were sufficiently well prepared.
Purna Bhudia, head of credit at the Pension Protection Fund, talked to PDI about how the fund approaches credit investing and how to manage the ups and downs of credit investing.
From how distressed should be a ‘grind-it-out’ strategy, to making sure GPs are ‘cycle-proofing’ their documents, this is what participants were talking about.
Relative to its peers in private equity and other asset classes, private debt is behind the curve on ESG. It is catching up, but with various approaches and motivations.
Investors at PDI’s annual London conference voiced appreciation for managers that have been in the trenches and have the battle scars to show it.
DC schemes often falsely assume that regulations are preventing them from accessing private markets.

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