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The California pension plan has made mezzanine and distressed debt commitments in the past but not direct lending.
The move expands Aflac’s direct lending exposure significantly, as the insurer’s investment is larger than the entire current mid-market loan portfolio.
Private markets are likely to benefit from increased allocations from insurance companies seeking higher returns in the coming years.
How Anglo-Saxon and Dutch pension funds are helping to transform the world economy, with alternative assets on their radars. By Nicolas Firzli
The merger would, as of the end of the third quarter, produce a BDC with investments and commitments of $3.25bn.
Private debt
The credit fund secondaries market could be huge. The question is ‘when?’
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.

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